The House We Grew up in

The House We Grew up in

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Clever, intelligent...wonderful" (Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You ).

Meet the Bird family. They live in a simple brick house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching just beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together each night. Everybody in town gushes over the two girls, who share their mother's apple cheeks and wide smiles. Of the boys, lively, adventurous Rory can stir up trouble, moving through life more easily than little Rhys, his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet gangly man, but it's their mother, Lorelei, a beautiful free spirit with long flowing hair and eyes full of wonder, who spins at the center.

Time flies in those early years when the kids are still young. Lorelei knows that more than anyone, doing her part to freeze time by protecting the precious mementos she collects, filling the house with them day by day. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She insists on hanging every single piece of art ever produced by any of the children, to her husband's chagrin.

Then one Easter weekend, tragedy occurs. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, found new relationships, and, in Meg's case, created families of their own. Lorelei has become the county's worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband, her children, and has been living as a recluse for six years. It seems as though they'd never been The Bird Family at all, as if loyalty were never on the table. But then something happens that calls them home, back to the house they grew up in-and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.

Delving deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, The House We Grew Up In is the gripping story of a family's desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476702995
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,24 cm.


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Sep 29, 2019

Didn't finish the first chapter.

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.

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.

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.

Oct 17, 2017

A great read ...

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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Jun 16, 2015

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

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