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Our Homesick Songs
Our Homesick Songs | Emma Hooper
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From the critically acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James, comes a lyrical, charming, and mystical story of a family on the edge of extinction set amidst the wind-blown shores of Newfoundland, and the different way each of them fights to keep hope, memory, and love alive. The Connor family is one of the few still left in their idyllic fishing village, Big Running, Newfoundland; after the fish mysteriously disappeared, most families had no choice but to relocate and find work elsewhere. Aidan and Martha Connor now spend alternate months of the year working at an energy site up north to support their children, Cora and Finn. But soon the family fears they'll have to leave Big Running for good. And as the months go on, plagued by romantic temptations new and old, the emotional distance between the once blissful Aidan and Martha only widens. Between his accordion lessons and reading up on Big Running's local flora and fauna, eleven-year-old Finn Connor develops an obsession with solving the mystery of the missing fish. Aided by his reclusive music instructor Mrs. Callaghan, Finn thinks he may have discovered a way to find the fish, and in turn, save the only home he's ever known. While Finn schemes, his sister Cora spends her days decorating the abandoned houses in Big Running with global flair--the baker's home becomes Italy; the mailman's, Britain. But it's clear she's desperate for a bigger life beyond the shores of her small town. As the streets of Big Running continue to empty Cora takes matters--and her family's shared destinies--into her own hands. In Our Homesick Songs, Emma Hooper paints a gorgeous portrait of the Connor family, brilliantly weaving together four different stories and two generations of Connors, full of wonder and hope. Told in Hooper's signature ethereal style, each page of this incandescent novel glows with mythical, musical wonder.
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JacqMac
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All songs are homesick songs, Finn.
Even the happy ones?
Especially the happy ones.
Why don‘t authors use quotation marks anymore?!? Normally that would make me bail, but it kinda worked here. I think it‘s because the writing was so poetic. A story set in Newfoundland and Alberta. When the cod surplus hits rock bottom and families had to find a new way to live. They fell on the oil industry. Timely, considering where Alberta finds itself now.

TheBookAddict I was just wondering the same. It‘s weird. 1mo
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JacqMac
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Morning start time. I think I‘ll hit #24B4Monday It‘s looking a little dreary outside my bedroom window this morning. It‘s supposed to snow all day again. I only have 100 pages left in this book, so I‘m going to stay in bed and finish it before breakfast. Bed is the best place for a #LitsyPartyOfOne #MrBook1inAMillion

@MrBook @Lynnsoprano @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Andrew65 Sounds the best plan! 1mo
jb72 😬 looks cold! Definitely stay in bed! 1mo
Amiable Cozy! 🥰 1mo
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Buechersuechtling I love how this looks, not so much how it probably feels. And reading in bed is always sensible. 1mo
Linsy Beautiful snow ⛄️ 1mo
MrBook Wow!!! ❄️ ❄️❄️ 1mo
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JacqMac
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Took a little break from this one to workout. And listen to an audiobook. Hubby walked with the teen to Tim‘s and they brought me back a doughnut. Good thing I did that HITT workout. lol
#LitsyPartyOfOne #24B4Monday #MrBook1inAMillion

@MrBook @Lynnsoprano @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Andrew65 Looks yummy! 😋 1mo
Lynnsoprano Nice hubby 😄 1mo
MrBook 😆👏🏻🙌🏻😋 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m a sucker for chocolate Tmibits myself. 1mo
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JacqMac
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Leftover donair pizza for lunch. It‘s really dark in here, because it‘s snowing and icky outside. Perfect for a #LitsyPartyOfOne
#24B4Monday #MrBook1inAMillion

@MrBook @Lynnsoprano @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72 @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher

Andrew65 Snow! 😔 I hate snow, Bret to stay inside read and snack! 1mo
MrBook Snowing! Wow! 1mo
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JoScho
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From Emma Hooper, critically acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James, a People magazine “Pick of the Week,” comes a lyrical, charming, and mystical story of a family on the edge of extinction, and the different way each of them fights to keep hope, memory, and love alive.
#homesick #amonthofsongs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻❤️ 7mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎶 7mo
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EadieB
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Day 22 - #Homesick #KaneBrown AMonthofSongs

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎶 7mo
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Hoopiefoot
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I tried reading this book 6 months ago and couldn‘t get into it. I‘m SO glad I gave it another chance. It‘s quiet, and beautiful, and I‘m sad it‘s over.

britt_brooke I didn‘t realize she had another book. I loved Etta & Otto & Russell & James. #stacked 10mo
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mrozzz
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Mixing the oddities of Claudia Dey's Heartbreaker + familial complications of Paula Hawkins' Into the Water, w/ experimental twists of prose, Emma Hopper created an intoxicating look at hardship of a fishing village in rural Canada. The book flips from the present Finn is trying to save and his sister Cora is trying to find her place in, and their parents' past as told by a witch-like neighbor. Throughout a musical thread drives the story home.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 12mo
mrozzz Thank you!! @TrishB 12mo
ephemeralwaltz Great review! Interesting cover. And your nails are always on point!👏👏❤️❤️ 12mo
Blaire This sounds right up my alley. Great review. 12mo
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kspenmoll
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#FallingintoFall #FinallyFall #Graditude30 #Home
Driving home today I actually saw real red leaves on the odd tree-not seen brilliant colors this season until today. Actually was in the 60‘s last two days, so warmth must have been what those scattered reds needed. 🍁🍁
Pictured: The Fall view today from my porch; TBR for November, closing down the porch. 😥😥

I am so grateful for the colors that emerged today & my porch! 💕💕

vkois88 ❤❤❤ 13mo
Suet624 Love the collage. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love your home 🧡🍁🍂 13mo
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Cathythoughts What a beautiful home place ❤️ 13mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 Thank you! It is fun to put together because we all enjoyed ourselves so much. Now that my parents/house is not the glue we have to reconfigure how we see one another. 13mo
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Kat_H
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Another corker. Alternates between the 70s and 90s, following a Newfoundland family struggling on in a near abandoned fishing town where all the fish have gone, and the people have followed. So subtle and lovely. You cant help but root for all the main characters.

Right.... off to the library!

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ReadingEnvy
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So I came across a traditional Newfoundland baked good in this book so of course I had to go do some research and make it. This is a lassie tart. The crust is molasses and spices (molasses being a staple condiment in the Eastern provinces), the inside is lingonberry jam, the closest in proximity to Partridge berries I could get. It's tasty!

Hoopiefoot That looks great! 1y
ReadingEnvy @Hoopiefoot thank you! It was tasty. 1y
HKGirl Oohh, yum!! 😋 1y
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JacqMac That sounds amazing! I love anything molasses. Being from the east coast. Lol 1y
ReadingEnvy @JacqMac yes apparently that's a requirement ;) 1y
Blaire That looks amazing! 1y
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Lindy
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Fifteen 5-star reads (out of 30 books) in one month. That‘s a personal record. I gave 4 stars to eleven other books, so that adds up to an outstanding reading month. I also bailed on 3, making my overall satisfaction (and my average rating in goodreads) that much higher. Thank you to all the wonderful authors!

erzascarletbookgasm What a fantastic month! 👏💫 I am noting down all your five star reads 😄 1y
Lindy @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I will do a post on my book blog soon with brief notes about each of them. 😊 1y
Christine Wow! Outstanding indeed. 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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Set in a small fishing village in Newfoundland, it follows two siblings in the 1990s and flips back and forth to their parents in the 1970s. But now the fish are gone, and everyone is leaving.... I loved this novel. It felt whimsical and connected and the end made me cry (!)
Thanks to @lindy for posting about it, your excerpts made me go get it directly from the library.

Lindy Yay! 😇 1y
kspenmoll Thanks for review! My grandfather left Newfoundland in early 1900s because as the youngest in a family of 13, he was not going to work in the family farm or fish. He spent stones years seeing the world whiling working on boats & putting in RR tracks in S. America before he ended up in New England. This is a must read for me! (edited) 1y
ReadingEnvy @kspenmoll wow amazing! Let me ask you a related question - have you ever had Lassie pie? 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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Folk songs are an important part of this story, and this Newfoundland classic sent me on an internet rabbit hole - "She's Like the Swallow," with drums and guitar in this version https://youtu.be/heN07Tv5gbw

Kboltz Songs with lyrics are the best!!😀 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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Did anyone hear the episode of the Get Booked podcast where someone wanted something that "felt like the movie Amelie?" I was not convinced by their answers. I feel like this book approaches it, reality heightened by noticing beauty, slightly magical (or maybe real but feel magical) things happening, lonely people drawn to each other... I'm only 1/3 way through but think it fits that void. Can you think of any?

ReadingEnvy Another one I thought of was b 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I agree that Glaciers has a similar feel to Amelie and Emma Hooper‘s novels: wistful, delicate, lyrical. Other readalikes: The End of the Alphabet (C.S. Richardson); and 1y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy ooh thanks 1y
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Lindy
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They didn‘t have cameras then, so they didn‘t have photos of home, of where they were from. And most sailors and explorers were rubbish at painting, that‘s why they were sailors and explorers, not painters, so the best way for them to remember home was through singing, through the songs and tunes they knew from home. When they were homesick, when they needed to remember where they were from, they could sing to see, to remember.

LeahBergen Great photo of you! 1y
Lindy @LeahBergen Thanks! It was taken on a clipper ship anchored next to the Martime Museum in Amsterdam. 1y
kspenmoll Such a great photo of you! 1y
Lindy @kspenmoll Thanks! 1y
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Lindy
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A lot of similarities to Michael Crummey‘s Sweetland: lyrical, character-based, & set in a remote Newfoundland community facing resettlement when the cod are overfished. Differences: Homesick Songs has more whimsy, a more uplifting ending, lacks Newfie dialect, & shows the typical life after fisheries, working in Alberta‘s tar sands. I gave 5 stars to both books.
(Internet photo of author, who was raised in Alberta, now lives in UK.)

ReadingEnvy Sounds great! 1y
ReadingEnvy I just put this on hold at the library! 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I‘m sure you will love it. 1y
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Lindy
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What are you writing?
Music. Violin music.
Aidan stretched out his neck to see over onto the page while still rowing. It was covered in shapes. Each with a number inside. Circles, triangles, squares and diamonds of all different sizes.
I‘ve never seen proper music-writing before, he said.
Oh, neither have I. This is just a way I made up to do it. Each shape is one of my strings and the numbers are a finger and the size is the duration.

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Lindy
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Cora took fiddle lessons with Aunt Molly. She had started when she was three, on a small oatmeal box with strings drawn on in pencil. Finn had started accordion when he was four, on an old repurposed fire-bellows painted red and green like Christmas.
#Newfoundland

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Lindy
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We have to stop at the bakery, Cora called back over her shoulder.
How come?
Mom said.
To get pie?
Yeah.
But it‘s nobody‘s birthday, is it, or a special occasion?
Don‘t think so.
Do we get to choose what kind?
I do.
But I –
I do.
But nobody got to choose, because there was only one, in the whole bakery.
[…]
They got the only pie, dark berries and molasses crust, and continued on towards home.

ReadingEnvy I'm going to make this before I return the book to the library, but I need to replace my tart pan first. 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Woohoo! 🎉 I want to hear what it tastes like. 1y
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Lindy
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When Aidan turned 14, his mother put a navy-blue toque on his head, looked him in the eye and said, Don‘t drown.
The boats left at night, just after sunset.
#CanadianFiction

(Image by Oliver Jeffers, from Lost and Found, link in comments)

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Lindy
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We take turns hosting a monthly literary salon and the theme tonight is “grace.” Usually I select poetry to read at these events, but yesterday I found a perfect passage in this book, a short chapter. I finished the book this morning and wow! I realized that the entire theme of the novel is grace. If I could, I would read the entire thing to my friends tonight.

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scripturient
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After meeting the author at an #edbookfest workshop (it was about mapping your reading experience and she was part of my group/table), I‘m going to start her book today. The reviews are extremely good so I‘m excited for this one. Haven‘t read a Canadian story in quite a while. 😊

Cinfhen Very cool 1y
starlight97 Nice cover :) 1y
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Tereses
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#2 Cora transforms abandoned houses into countries - loved that Tasmania got a mention even though it‘s not a country and there wasn‘t anymore description.

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Tereses
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An ARC from Netgalley. I loved this - Finn and his sister Cora are wonderfully written. A great story from Newfoundland. A place I now realise that I know next to nothing about. Highly recommended, and I loved the cover.

scripturient I met the author at a workshop yesterday and immediately got her book because it sounded so interesting. Can‘t wait to read it. :) 1y
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Lissa00
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My #currentlyreading pile is a bit ridiculous. Hoping to finish some of these off this weekend!📚📚📚

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Jerdencon
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This book was beautiful! Simple but descriptive writing. Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Im super stingy with 5 star ratings on Goodreads but i gave this one 5.

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Jerdencon
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My next vacation/net galley book.
Only a few chapters in and liking it so far!

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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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Just started reading this. I haven‘t read any of Hooper‘s other books, but this one certainly is evocative. Canadian literature is not something I‘m well-acquainted with either. If Hopper is indicative of literary trends there, I‘ll definitely go digging for more reading material from Canada. This one should hit the streets June 7th and the Hamish edition shortly after in August.

ephemeralwaltz Pretty photo! 2y
Mdargusch The photo and the book cover 👌🏼👌🏼 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Won this from Goodreads! It came in the mail yesterday.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Sounds interesting, but it‘s from Penguin UK. #NetGalley

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