After Hours at the Almost Home

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Unbridled Books, Apr 1, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday at the Almost Home Bar and Grill with the hometown Broncos playing for their second championship in a row, and the already busy night is about to get busier. When the bartender walks off, she leaves the remaining staff to the chaos of the night—and with the real question. Not why did she leave but why do they stay? After closing time and on a school night, Colleen’s 14-year-old daughter is no stranger to the Almost Home. She’ll do almost anything to leave, to move her life forward or somehow return to earlier, better times, anywhere but here. But it doesn’t matter; there seems to be no way out.

For one night, we follow all of them as they make their cash, close up, and then linger into the after hours, as they always do, their lives colliding, past and present, in the dark back corner at table 14—drinking, talking, and, now, in the wake of Marna’s absence, facing questions: Where did she go? Will she return? Why do we stay? How dangerous is restaurant love?

Smart, provocative, and flawlessly on target, Tara Yellen’s revealing debut offers keen insights on a group of people left to put the pieces of their own lives back together in the wake of a friend’s disappearance. After Hours at the Almost Home will put you in an altered state—it’s got kick and goes down like a shot. But its effects might be far more lasting.
 

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User Review  - lundblad - LibraryThing

This was my first Early Reviewer book, and as such I was excited to read it. It's not my usual fare: my mainstream fiction tends to the more experimental or the more fantastical. But I do like the ... Read full review

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User Review  - budrfly9 - LibraryThing

After Hours at the Almost Home is a loosely connected collection of character ramblings. There is some hint of the author's intent (if I could be so presumptuous to assume) to create a complex ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
18
Section 4
27
Section 5
35
Section 6
43
Section 7
53
Section 8
64
Section 13
122
Section 14
128
Section 15
136
Section 16
160
Section 17
172
Section 18
185
Section 19
192
Section 20
201

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 21
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Section 22
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About the author (2008)

Born in Colorado, Tara Yellen grew up in Western New York, zigzagged back and forth across the country, and now finds herself in Washington, D.C. She was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, and her fiction has appeared in such magazines as Five Points and Prism International. After Hours at the Almost Home is her first novel.

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