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You Could Be Home By Now By Tracy Manaster You Could Be Home By Now An hour and a half outside Tucson Arizona The Commons is a luxury retirement community where no full time resident under the age of fifty five is permitted Young professionals Seth and Alison Collie

  • Title: You Could Be Home By Now
  • Author: Tracy Manaster
  • ISBN: 9781440583124
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You Could Be Home By Now By Tracy Manaster An hour and a half outside Tucson, Arizona, The Commons is a luxury retirement community where no full time resident under the age of fifty five is permitted Young professionals Seth and Alison Collier accept jobs there as a means of dealing badly with a recent loss When a struggling resident, underwater on her mortgage and unable to relocate due to the nation s ongoinAn hour and a half outside Tucson, Arizona, The Commons is a luxury retirement community where no full time resident under the age of fifty five is permitted Young professionals Seth and Alison Collier accept jobs there as a means of dealing badly with a recent loss When a struggling resident, underwater on her mortgage and unable to relocate due to the nation s ongoing housing crisis, is discovered to be raising her grandson in secret, the story with the help of a well meaning teenaged beauty blogger and a retiree with reasons of his own to seek the spotlight goes viral You Could Be Home By Now explores the fallout for all involved, taking on the themes of grief and memory, aspiration and social class, self deception, and the drive in all of us to find a place to belong.
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    1. Sigrid on said:

      WARNING If you think gay people are evil, divorce is wrong, and life s big questions have risk free answers, skip this book If you are an actual human being that enjoys captivating journeys through well realized characters lives, buy it NOW Buy it for you, or a friend, or your mom, or your grandfather There is someone for everyone to root for in this book Who will be your favorite protagonist You won t know unless you read it Mine is Lily, the perfectly coifed beauty expert who just so happens t [...]

    2. Larry H on said:

      I d rate this 2.5 stars.Alison and Seth Collier are high school teachers she teaches history, he teaches journalism who are dealing badly with a terrible loss In an effort to try and regain some balance and try to rebuild their lives, they decide to move across the country to Arizona, where they both take jobs at The Commons, a high end retirement community Alison will be the community historian, as the CEO wants to create a sense of history even if it s not quite true , and Seth will be the edi [...]

    3. Xena! on said:

      This book is so well written that it is difficult to believe it is truly a debut novel The language is beautiful and the interwoven plots are believable The story easily flows among the multiple characters and each of their challenges What makes the book so remarkable is the facility the author displays in finding an equally accurate voice for her disparate characters a typically self centered somewhat snarky lesbian teen who is neither as worldly nor clever as she thinks, a protective and strai [...]

    4. Rachel Jagoda on said:

      It would be fascinating to have someone read this book without looking at the name or picture of the author, and then ask them to describe their vision of who was behind the book A recent college graduate, with easy access to the melodramatic details of high school in diary form A widow reflecting on the quirks of her cantankerous late husband A young professional facing unspeakable loss I d be shocked if they hit the nail on the head and recognized that this diverse conclave of ruthlessly reali [...]

    5. Kristine on said:

      Original review can be found at kristineandterri 2I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Thank you There are a few different stories going on in this book all set within a luxury retirement community There is Seth and Alison, a young couple, who take jobs at The Commons as a way to run away from the grief of losing their baby at birth Ben is a retired veterinarian who lives in the community and struggles with the disappearance of his daughter years ea [...]

    6. Sigrid on said:

      WARNING If you think gay people are evil, divorce is wrong, and life s big questions have risk free answers, skip this book If you are an actual human being that enjoys captivating journeys through well realized characters lives, buy it NOW Buy it for you, or a friend, or your mom, or your grandfather There is someone for everyone to root for in this book Who will be your favorite protagonist You won t know unless you read it Mine is Lily, the perfectly coifed beauty expert who just so happens t [...]

    7. Krista on said:

      I really enjoyed how Tracy Manaster explored the love hate relationships and secret thoughts humans have towards each other within each interaction Every relationship she fleshed out carried so much of both sides It was a fascinating and pretty accurate illustration of what happens in our minds and hearts, in making those decisions of whom to love, whom to trust, and how to go about doing so Every split second, a decision, such turmoil I was uncomfortable and confused and concerned and I had to [...]

    8. Megan Johnson on said:

      Have you ever read a book that felt so real and so heartfelt that ending it seemed almost wrong Tracy Manaster s book newly in paperback , You Could Be Home By Now, was exactly that book for me which probably explains why I read it all in one day Yes, it s that good To start with, this book is beautifully written Although this is Manaster s first novel, it s by no means her first taste of the literary world as she has written for numerous publications previously and it shows Each moment within t [...]

    9. Holly on said:

      After spending months struggling with the loss of their baby, Seth and Alison Collier leave their teaching jobs and move to a retirement community in Arizona, where they hope to make a fresh start The couple unknowingly reflects the environment around them, projecting a sense of calmness and togetherness, but with strong tensions lurking just beneath the surface When it is discovered that one of the residents of the community, The Commons, has secretly had her grandson living with her for months [...]

    10. Rick York on said:

      I would strongly recommend You Could Be Home By Now.If you haven t read any of the earlier reviews, I d recommend doing so before you read mine This will allow me to skip a rehash of the plot and principal characters Ms Manaster has written a novel about one of the most tragic things any person might experience, the loss of a child Interestingly, she tells the story from the fathers point of view There are several contemporary novels on this subject Probably the best known is Judith Guest s Ordi [...]

    11. Susan DeFreitas on said:

      Funny, smart, and heartfelt, this novel, set in an over 50 Arizona masterplanned community, strikes me as a classic of recession fiction along the lines of Jess Walter s The Financial Lives of the Poets The book is full of fully realized characters interacting in ways that push each other into deeper waters a young couple grieving the loss of a child, an older man trying to let go of the daughter he could not save, a sassy teenage lesbian who s smart and some ways and dumb in others, and her gra [...]

    12. Mike Cuthbert on said:

      Maybe it was the cold weather, maybe a slump, but I could not get with this book Characters by various different names, vague plotting and a lack of a central focus in an attempt to be clever or modern all led me to despair of ever finding my place in this mish mash of a novel The two main characters are both teachers and unhappy with each other Their friends and peripheral acquaintances lack charm or distinction and I grew frustrated with my inability to care for them or about them Maybe it was [...]

    13. Nicholas on said:

      win Will read and review once received.This was a great read It had my attention from the beginning to the very end of the book it also left me wanting to read This author did a wonderful job This was a wonderful world created by the author and have even amazing characters A book that was at times sad it was a pleasure to read this book I can see myself definitely reading from this story.

    14. Patty Pacelli on said:

      I read an uncorrected advance proof, which had lots of typographical errors Even without those, it was hard to follow, and seemed to have some things left out I was interested in the main characters, Alison and Seth, but the others not as much It had some great elements so a lot of potential, but needs editing and clarity, especially with Lily s character and her storyline.

    15. Paula on said:

      What a great story but an even better read If you love language or delight in a wonderfully turned phrase this is the book for you This was one of my slow reads so I could savor the wonderfully quirky and vibrant descriptions Witty and intelligent, I found it to be a thoroughly marvelous read.

    16. Melinda on said:

      I read about fifty pages and could not get into this story at all The jacket blurb sounded interesting, but I just felt weighted down and dragging through it Too many appealing books to waste time here.

    17. Anne on said:

      Well drawn, unique characters that pop off the page Humorous at times, deeply moving For fans of character driven lit fic.

    18. Loretta Parker on said:

      The writing , especially when it was Lilly s story was rather difficult to grasp early on, but once I got the feel for the style, the book became kind of fun in a quirky kind of way

    19. Lori L (She Treads Softly) on said:

      You Could Be Home By Now by Tracy Manaster covers a wide variety of social issues in an intelligent, entertaining, and highly recommended debut novel.Seth and Alison Collier are teachers who have recently experienced the death of their first child as a newborn Seth, who is seemingly struggling with handling his grief than Alison, suggests that they make a complete change of atmosphere to help them deal with their grief They leave their teaching jobs in Vermont and move to the Commons, an over 5 [...]

    20. Jason Anthony on said:

      Are a few moments of brilliance worth chapters of poorly constructed, all irritating characters In Tracy Manaster s You Could Be Home by Now there are some hilarious moments especially a very darkly comic Facebook scene that had my mouth wide open in awe , but they are too few and far between Others in this review thread have made sensationalized comments like WARNING If you think gay people are evil, divorce is wrong, and life s big questions have risk free answers, skip this book see below.How [...]

    21. Carol on said:

      This very enjoyable novel centers around a group of residents and employees at The Commons, an Arizona retirement community Young couple Seth and Alison have moved to Arizona and taken jobs at The Commons as a way of dealing with the death of their baby Widow Sadie Birman has her teenaged grad daughter Lily visiting for the summer Divorced retiree Ben Thales has taken a liking to Sadie, but is still missing his ex wife and grappling with the fallout of his daughter s disappearance at the age of [...]

    22. Heather on said:

      It took a little while to get into the writing style, but after that there were a few turns of phrase or images that hit me straight in my gut Of the rotating cast of narrators, Lily entitled brat that she is has the most distinctive voice, giving people quirky nicknames and making snarky observations However, aside from Grandma Sadie, I don t think I would want to spend time with any of the people in The Commons I m generally not a fan of unlikable characters the exception being Gone Girl where [...]

    23. Gloria on said:

      In an Arizona retirement community, The Commons, personal dramas abound This is a moving, sometimes amusing, domestic novel that shows that everyone is dealing with something It is a bit like glimpsing into adjacent houses and wondering what is going on in that home Could it be the loss of a child, a grown child in jail, an unwilling grandparent of a young child, a recent widow or divorcee who is floundering, a parent with a runaway child, a gay or lesbian child that has just come out, or elderl [...]

    24. Rachel on said:

      Not my favorite book, but it had some good moments The major storyline a couple who just experienced a miscarriage definitely gave this a serious tone and I found myself sometimes not wanting to go there as I often read for pleasure and like humor and lightness But I applaud the author for tackling a subject that many families have experienced I liked the main couple most and didn t feel as invested in the other characters Sadie, Ben, Lily I wish there would have been some resolution in Ben s s [...]

    25. Sm on said:

      This is an enjoyable book What is remarkable is the range of characters whose thoughts and resulting behaviors are depicted with such clarity There is a retired divorrced man, a fifteen year old high schooler spending the summer with her grandmother, and a young couple who recently lost a child They interact in a posh retirement setting called propitiously The Commons Readers who enjoy analyzing characters are in for a treat, but this book can also be read and enjoyed for its fast paced and ofte [...]

    26. Dallas Barry on said:

      Sixty eight and raising a child in secret, while unable to pay your mortgage Through You Could be Home by Now by Tracy Manaster we live through these events To further the interesting circumstances in Manaster s novel it is first told through the eyes of two down on their luck individuals who have recently taken up jobs at this retirement age community As the story progresses we get a somber sense of hope, born through circumstance We experience love, hate, and frustration as two lives that are [...]

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