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The House We Grew Up In

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Karina Fernandez

13 Hours 26 Minutes

Dreamscape Media, LLC

September 2019

Audio Book Summary

Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it’s their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite—craft supplies too. She hangs all of the children’s art, to her husband’s chagrin. Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in—to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

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  • Danita N.

    Wow! What a fantastic read! The characters were developed with depth. The story…oh my goodness…it actually gave me anxiety. I found myself cringing often. What a hot mess of a family—and don’t we all have a story and a mess of our own. I couldn’t stop listening.

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    The book was fascinating. It wasn’t captivating in a way that a great novel often is but you can’t help but want to know what’s next. I would recommend to someone who’s looking for something different. I really enjoyed the narrator. I thought she was excellent. Narrators can make or break an audiobook.

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  • Carrie D.

    Excellently written. Wonderful character development. Plot is laid out so well!

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    This was a really interesting book with a real in-depth look into family, drama, mental illness, relationships. the narrator was brilliant great book.

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    Loved the narrator really getting into the story. Enjoyed the different perspectives all contributing (not repeating) towards the central story line. A gentle read on a tough topic.

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