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  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

A stumped writers journey of finding her place in her family after suddenly losing her husband. She is overbearing, lonely, judgemental, feels helpless yet interfering. Read full review

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

This gentle novel is a slice of life of a newly widowed woman and her grown daughter. When Dan dies suddenly, Helen discovers she didn’t know her husband as well as she thought she did. Facing a new ... 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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