The Year We Left Home


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$17.00  $15.81
Simon & Schuster
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Jean Thompson is the author of the short story collections Do Not Deny Me, Throw Like a Girl, and Who Do You Love, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction, and the novels City Boy and Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection. Visit her at


"Wise and absorbing, this is one not to miss." --People
"An extraordinarily warm-hearted novel." --Jonathan Dee, The New York Times Book Review
"The Year We Left Home plumbs the American heart with rigor and intensity, seamlessly connecting one family's fortunes to those of the larger national community." --Liza Nelson, O: The Oprah Magazine
"Startlingly good . . . You may forget that the characters don't really exist, that the Iowa farm family so expertly drawn by the author never drew breath themselves." --Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
"Fantastic . . . Enormously satisfying . . . Thompson has a light, exquisite touch. . . . Rich, detailed, resonant, emotionally spot-on." --Bill Eichenberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Enlightening and quietly brilliant . . . Thompson is a master at mining the most ridiculous of human foibles while never losing compassion for her flawed characters." --Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald
"Wry and tender . . . Such is Thompson's artistry that moments of everyday sorrow and nobility made me weep." --John Repp, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Told with extraordinary grace . . . The clan at the center of Jean Thompson's spare, startlingly resonant new novel remain inextricably linked to the place that made them, even as they reach for lives richer in both geography and purpose." --Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"A smart, resonant novel." --Boston Globe
"Powerful and darkly humorous . . . Thompson's characters are sharply drawn and deeply familiar. Her dialogue is pitch-perfect." --Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune