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Belonging

by Isabel Huggan

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Oh, so this is the second book in a series? If only Goodreads had a way to let the author tell the readers that. Oh wait. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 2014 |
i loved this. she hasn't written any other non-fiction! and now she's old. i see that 6 people were soso about this and 7 people really liked it. ( )
  mahallett | Mar 9, 2014 |
this book is wonderful!

the majority of the book is a memoir of place - the search for home. not just the physical: the location and the structure, but also the feeling. feeling one is home is a big deal. at least it is to me, anyway. it's been something i have been hoping to find my whole life.

huggan gives voice to this search, this sensation and does it so beautifully and naturally. there's a lot of excavation of memory that goes on in the telling and it felt very much like i was just listening to huggan in conversation. also contained in the story are small snippets of huggan's writing life, something i really appreciated. at the end of the memoir, 3 short stories are included and for me they were a bit of a revelation. i always feel like i don't 'get' short stories - that i have either been left hanging (THAT'S IT??) or that i have missed something (WHAT HAPPENED?). here, these three short stories are each like a wee vignette - nothing major happens, but a slice of life is examined.

i think this will be a book i buy and give to people. a lot. it was an affecting read. ( )
  Booktrovert | Jun 30, 2013 |
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