The House We Grew Up In

The House We Grew Up In

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone...OUR HOUSE. OUR FAMILY. OUR SECRETS. Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it's their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children's art, to her husband's chagrin. Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county's worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in—to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.
Publisher: 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Atria Books, 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 8116 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
ISBN: 9781476703015

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loonylovesgood Jul 05, 2019

Another great read by Lisa Jewell. A bit disturbing in content, but will keep you turning the pages until the end.

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smarieh22
Mar 04, 2019

After a few predictable " who dun it" books this was very refreshing to read. I enjoyed each character very much, even through out all of the dysfunction. This story was realistic and kept me intrigued from beginning to end.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Oct 07, 2018

It took me a while to get into this, but the characters grow on you. Their dysfunctional family will make yours seem positively normal.

ontherideau Aug 12, 2018

I thought about giving up on this but as the characters inner feelings came out I was interested to know what the end would be. Sometimes guilt carries through life, sometimes it would be better to let it go.

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zpereira
Oct 17, 2017

A great read ...

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Lorenzo40
Sep 07, 2017

.... a must read for anyone that has a 'saver/collector/hoarder' in their life. Definitely a mental illness with deep-seeded reasons. Reading this as prompted me to de-clutter and collect less!

GSPLanna Mar 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this story about a super dysfunctional English family. Great quick read

A good antidote to the usual bucolically charming cottage in the Cotswolds. Lorelei Bird dies in a trap of her own hoarded mess. As her children try to sort out how she got that way, hints and memories lead back to Lorelei's obsession with the perfect Easter celebration.

ehbooklover Apr 03, 2015

Honestly, it took me quite awhile to really get into this book, mostly because I found that I really didn't like any of the characters. That changed as they grew on me and by the end I couldn't stop reading. An interesting take on the subject of hoarding and the reasons behind it.

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Murray_C
Dec 13, 2014

This book is truly fantastic - incredibly well written and the characters and story pull you in so that it is difficult to put the book down until you are finished. Lisa Jewell is a gifted story teller, and the Bird family is one that is instantly recognizable - repulsive, compelling, loveable...all the things that family so often are.

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Book about a family.

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iamamus
Jun 16, 2015

Remember , Megan, that wherever you find yourselves, you are all pebbles from the same beach.

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