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Home Safe: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe: A Novel (original 1998; edition 2009)

by Elizabeth Berg

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Title:Home Safe: A Novel
Authors:Elizabeth Berg
Info:Ballantine Books (2009), Paperback, 288 pages
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Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg (1998)

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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 man she thought he was. Upon investigating, Helen notices that large withdrawals were made from his savings account just prior to his death. Meanwhile, Tessa grapples with the difficulties of finding love. ( )
  jepeters333 | Jun 19, 2017 |

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 husband had built for her. Other challenging events in her life: trying to separate herself from her adult daughter, will she fall in love with the handsome widower she has just met, how to teach a class of students learning to write, what will be the focus of her next book.
Nothing about this I liked. ( )
  Eliz12 | May 8, 2017 |
Helen is trying to figure out who she is in the aftermath of her husband's death. The journey from numbing grief to rediscovering life is made more interesting by the element of writing - Helen's inability to write, her joy in teaching others to do so, her willingness to find other aspects of who she is apart from the writing she can't do. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Mar 11, 2017 |
I did not enjoy the main character, Helen. I prefer stronger women characters. The story was OK to listen to while sewing but I won't remember it. ( )
  theeccentriclady | Oct 1, 2016 |
This saga of a dependent/manipulative child woman's coming of age was pure fluff. Maybe it's escapist fiction to some; to me it's the kind of fiction I try to escape.

The good - it was short, it was free (BN Free Friday). The bad - the hours I lost reading this shallow story. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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If we look at the path, we do not
see the sky. We are earth people
on a spiritual journey to the stars.
Our quest, our earth walk, is to look
within, to know who we are, to see that
we are connected to all things,
that there is no separation,
only in the mind.
--Native American, source unknown
You get the hovering gray of early morning, or late afternoon-- the hours of yearning.
There's the wind and the rain

And the mercy of the fallen. . .

There's the weak and the strong

And the many stars that guide us

We have some of them inside us

--Dar Williams

"The Mercy of the Fallen"
Again the pyrocanthus berries redden in the rain, as if return were return. It is not. The familiar is not the thing it reminds of.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer.
For Jean-Isabel NcNutt
For those who have gone before us.
For Pat Raming and Marianne Raming Burke
For women with cancer
who have found their fire,
and for those who are
still searching.
For Jennifer Sarene Berg and Julie Marin Krintzman
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Dear Martin, I know you think I keep that green rock by my bed because I like its color.
I had been right to want to drive to the midwest, taking only the back roads.
Oftentimes on summer evenings, I would sit outside with my mother and look at the constellations.
This morning, before I came to Ruth's house, I made yet another casserole for my husband and my daughter.
You know before you know, of course. You are bending over the dryer, pulling out the still-warm sheets, and the knowledge walks up your backbone. You stare at the man you love and you are staring at nothing; he is gone before he is gone
Sex is so shaky and mysterious. I will never unravel it.
…it had put them on the fast track for being comfortable with each other. As they were, ever after. Always comfortable in a way that Dan described as home safe.
I do not believe the army is a good idea for people with regular human hearts.
Without her husband or the practice of laying out words on a page, she feels that she spends her days rattling around inside herself; that, whereas she used to be a whole and happy woman, now she is many pieces of battered self, slung together in a sack of skin.
What she feels, suddenly, is that she has come to see Dan. He is not here, but here he is.
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Contains: The day I ate whatever I wanted -- Returns and exchanges -- The party -- Over the hill and into the woods -- Full count -- Rain -- The day I ate nothing I even remotely wanted -- Mrs. Ethel Menafee and Mrs. Birdie Stoltz -- Double diet -- The only one of millions just like him -- Truth or dare -- How to make an apple pie -- Sin City.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345487559, Paperback)

In this stunning novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, coping with grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, meddling in her life and offering unsolicited advice. Then Helen is shocked to discover that her mild-mannered and seemingly loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. When a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery, both mother and daughter reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.

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Recently widowed Helen Ames and her twenty-seven-year-old daughter Tessa discover that money has disappeared in several big withdrawals from the Ames' retirement savings. What Helen's husband did with all their money turns out to be provocative, revelatory--and leads Helen and her daughter to embark on new adventures, and change.… (more)

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