Elsey Come Home: A novel

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Many very accomplished women have their promising careers subsumed by the demands of children and family. Many of those frustrated women turn to alcohol to pass the time and ease the meaninglessness of their new lives. Elsey is a talented painter whose work had been in demand. She lives in China with her Danish husband and two young children. She has unexpressed grief from the loss of her sister when they were children. Her husband suggests that she travel to a mountain retreat to stave off her alcoholism. At the retreat, she meets and befriends another world-renowned painter. She helps her new friend, Mei, escape from her threatened life in China and, in the process, returns to her old life with new connections. The novel has no real conclusion or conflict other than that inherent in the story. While the book is readable, it floats one along in Elsey’s dreamlike existence. It is well written, and the locale of the story adds an interesting foreign element. If you would like to be diverted for a time, this book will achieve that.

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Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2019-01-15
ISBN 9780525520986
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Issue May 2019
Category Modern Literature


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