Turning for Home by Barney Norris

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Turning for Home Read Online Free - 'Wasn’t the life of any person made up out of the telling of two tales, after all? People lived in the space between the realities of their lives and the hopes they had for them. Everyone needed their stories, the other side of the ribbon of their lives, the real life and the dream, the statement and the meaning, all of them a tape’s breadth apart from each other, impossibly divided, indivisibly close.'

Every year, Robert's family come together at a rambling old house to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, distant cousins - it has been a milestone in their lives for decades. But this year Robert doesn't want to be reminded of what has happened since they last met - and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Neither of them is sure they can face the party. But for both Robert and Kate, it may become the most important gathering of all.

As lyrical and true to life as Norris's critically acclaimed debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, which won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, this is a compelling, emotional story of family, human frailty, and the marks that love leaves on us.

Title : Turning for Home
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ISBN : 0857523740
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

November 26, 2017

There ought to be truth and reconciliation in every stratum of the lives people lead. Barney Norris is a very talented young writer - playwright, poet and novelist - and his debut novel Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain was certainly striking if, to my taste, rather flawed (see https://www.goodre...

Sue rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2017

This didn’t turn out the way I expected it to, not that that’s a criticism. We have two narrations and at first Robert’s seems to dominate. He has retired from some kind of security role with the British Government, at one point dealing with Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. His for...

Gumble's Yard rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2017

In Ireland, starving was always about honour. The old way among the peasants of that country, as I understand it, was that if someone had wronged you, you sat down at their doorway and went on hunger strike. And if you died there at the person’s door, they were forever dishonoured, and reparatio...

Joseph rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

4.5* The “Boston Tapes” were an oral history project about the Irish Troubles, commenced by Boston College in 2001. Researchers conducted interviews with both republicans and loyalists, on the understanding that the transcripts of the interviews would not be released to the authorities, at least u...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

I finished Turning For Home last week and I've been putting off writing this review because I'm not sure I'm going to be able to find the words that do this exquisitely beautiful book justice. The story is told through the perspectives of Robert and his granddaughter, Kate as they narrate alternat...

Leilah rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

His birthday has always been the event that draws his extended family together. In his 80th year, the first since the loss of his wife, Robert sees that faces are beginning to ebb away. Granddaughter Kate, adrift on a different sea of sadness and struggle, has returned to pick at the frayed ends...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2018

I would like to thank the publisher Doubleday, author Barney Norris and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC copy of Turning For Home in return for an honest review. I recently heard blogger Savidge Reads talk on his Youtube channel about how some books just ‘chime’ with you as a reader. It’...

Cheryl M-M rated it ★★★★★

January 09, 2018

It isn’t often one finds an author self-assessing their own novel at the end of said novel, and then pinpointing exactly what my thoughts are on the story in question. Norris himself says that initially this started out as a story about the Boston Tapes. They started out as a series of frank inter...

Anne rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

Sometimes I really struggle to write a review of a book, and this is one of those struggles. How can I, a mere reader and blogger even begin to put into words just how beautiful, moving and really quite wonderful this story is? I'll try, but to be honest, I'd like to say just go out and buy it, re...

Eleanor rated it ★★★☆☆

January 04, 2018

It's very hard to describe what Turning For Home is "about", because in the conventional sense it is virtually without plot: an old man, Robert Shawcross, has a birthday party, his troubled granddaughter Kate attempts to reconcile with her mother, and a figure from the past reappears at the party...

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