A Country Called Home

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Anchor Books, 2009 - Fiction - 271 pages
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A powerful novel of young love and rural isolation from the acclaimed author of In the Wilderness.

Thomas Deracotte is just out of medical school, and his pregnant wife, Helen, have their whole future mapped out for them in upper-crust Connecticut. But they are dreamers, and they set out to create their own farm in rural Idaho instead. The fields are in ruins when they arrive, so they hire a farmhand named Manny to help rebuild. But the sudden, frightening birth of their daughter, Elise, tests the young couple, and Manny is called upon to mend this fractured family. An extraordinary story of hope and idealism, A
Country Called Home is a testament to the power of family—the family we are born to and the family we create.
 

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Spare, beautifully crafted novel about a young couple that move to a small town in Idaho to pursue their back to nature fantasies. Both come with emotional baggage and end up in this wild place for ... Read full review

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Barnes's second novel (after Finding Caruso) radiates compassion for characters struggling against dreadful odds. Thomas Deracotte, a physician by training, is an idealist whose single-minded vision ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
16
Section 4
22
Section 5
39
Section 6
48
Section 7
63
Section 8
74
Section 16
172
Section 17
181
Section 18
188
Section 19
198
Section 20
211
Section 21
221
Section 22
231
Section 23
241

Section 9
90
Section 10
98
Section 11
109
Section 12
125
Section 13
140
Section 14
151
Section 15
161
Section 24
249
Section 25
255
Section 26
259
Section 27
269
Section 28
273
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About the author (2009)

Kim Barnes is the author of the novel Finding Caruso and two memoirs, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country—a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize—and Hungry for the World. She is coeditor with Mary Clearman Blew of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, and with Claire Davis of Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, MORE magazine, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

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