Home Safe: A Novel

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Random House, 2009 - Fiction - 260 pages
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In this new novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Amesrecently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained heris beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helen's problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen's husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family. From the Hardcover edition.

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User Review  - jepeters333 - LibraryThing

After the death of her beloved husband, Helen Ames and her adult daughter, Teresa, struggle to cope with the grief, However, Helen is dismayed to learn that her husband may not have been the honest ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eliz12 - LibraryThing

CONTAINS SPOILERS The story of a whining, self-indulgent widow. I really did not like the main character, whose greatest struggle is trying to decide what to do with the $850,000 custom-built home her ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

ELIZABETH BERG is the author of eighteen novels, ten of which are bestsellers, and has more than 1.5 million books in print. Her novels include The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, The Art of Mending, The Year of Pleasures, We Are All Welcome Here, The Handmaid and the Carpenter, Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, and others. Her novel, Open House, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000. Berg lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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