This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia
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A sudden death, a never-mailed postcard, and a longburied secret set the stage for a luminous and heartbreakingly real novel about lost souls finding one another

The Darby-Jones boardinghouse in Ruby Falls, New York, is home to Mona Jones and her daughter, Oneida, two loners and self-declared outcasts who have formed a perfectly insular family unit: the two of them and the three eclectic boarders living in their house. But their small, quiet life is upended when Arthur Rook shows up in the middle of a nervous breakdown, devastated by the death of his wife, carrying a pink shoe box containing all his wife's mementos and keepsakes, and holding a postcard from sixteen years ago, addressed to Mona but never sent. Slowly the contents of the box begin to fit together to tell a story—one of a powerful friendship, a lost love, and a secret that, if revealed, could change everything that Mona, Oneida, and Arthur know to be true. Or maybe the stories the box tells and the truths it brings to life will teach everyone about love—how deeply it runs, how strong it makes us, and how even when all seems lost, how tightly it brings us together. With emotional accuracy and great energy, This Must Be the Place introduces memorable, charming characters that refuse to be forgotten. 


About Kate Racculia

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Kate Racculia has her MFA from Emerson College and a background in art history, illustration, and design. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Published June 29, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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A man loses his wife to death but finds her somewhere else in this debut novel.

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When, for example, Mona and Amy ride the Ferris wheel at the amusement park in Ocean City, the author writes: "They were friends at the top of the dark world, held aloft in an electric basket, and though they must have known the wheel would turn and bring them back to the ground, for that month t...

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But when Amy’s husband appears on Mona’s boarding house doorstep one day, seeking answers to questions only Mona can answer, the memories of the girls’ friendship and secrets come flooding back, leaving Mona wondering if she will be able to uphold the trust Amy placed with her all those years ago.

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