This Earth You'll Come Back To by Barbara Roether

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Rose Healy of Blanchardville, Ohio, child bootlegger, WWII veteran, devoted reader of Tolstoy, and heroic mother of ten, had the nerve to die before her youngest daughter could get home. Which, as Rose would say, was her own damn fault. Yet, when Stephanie returns after the funeral, restless and plagued by the same unease that drove her away thirty years earlier, she discovers that death is no object when two women need to talk. And Rose is talking, speaking out the secrets buried for generations in the heart of the heartland: what a mother will do to feed her children, who will protect them when she cannot, why Stephanie left home thirty years before, and what part of herself she left behind. Rose s penetrating wisdom and resilient spirit guide this journey through the inward and outward struggles of a working class family as they move from the rich promise of Ohio farmland in 1850 to the rustbelt ruins of 2005. A Faulknerian novel for the Midwest, This Earth You ll Come Back To captures the unpretentious colloquial voice of the region while exposing an archetypal story of startling sophistication. Tragic, triumphant, and wholly original, this story introduces a new breed of literary heroes.
 

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Published November 16, 2015 by McPherson & Company. 248 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This sensitive and memorable novel from Roether employs a dead narrator, Rose Healy Koehner, who recounts her eventful life story in fragmented fashion to her youngest daughter, Stephanie. After retur

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Well-read and perceptive, Rose references literature and characters from novels to emphasize her point.

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