Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
A Novel

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Elizabeth Berg's Once Upon a Time, There Was You.

In this 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 loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helen’s problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen’s husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.

About Elizabeth Berg

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Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of Pleasures, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. She lives near Chicago.
Published April 16, 2009 by Random House. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Helen sabotages the job interview, and she learns early on (from well-preserved hunky architect Tom) that Dan siphoned off the funds to surprise Helen with the California retirement house of her dreams.

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Helen still is not writing but finds satisfaction teaching writing and helping her students.

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Tampa Bay Times

As soon as I hear that Elizabeth Berg has written a new novel, I want to jump right into it, savor the lives, the conversations, the wry humor, the secrets women say to each other.

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Tampa Bay Times

A comfortable marriage, a daughter's close friendship and a successful writing career — Helen Ames' world seemed perfect.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In the opening pages of Home Safe, we see Helen as a young girl, writing poetry to deal with the grief of losing a classmate: “With this, she was given peace” (page 4).

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Berg, who has written numerous books, including “We Are All Welcome Here,” “Open House,” “Durable Goods” and “Joy School,” again tugs at readers’ heartstrings with “Home Safe.” The story captures Helen’s slow healing.

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