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The Turtle House
The Turtle House: A Novel | Amanda Churchill
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A heartbreakingly resonant debut, The Turtle House is a tender, big-hearted story about women, family, and the complicated history of Texas. These characters, and their tentative, flawed stumblings toward grace, will stay with me.Elizabeth Wetmore, author of Valentine Sweeping yet intimate, Amanda Churchills Turtle House spans cultures and continents. Minnie and her granddaughter Lia are unforgettable protagonists, whose grit and grace will inspire you. Together, they find a way through in this gripping debut.Vanessa Hua, author of Forbidden City Moving between late 1990s small-town Texas to pre-World War II Japan and occupied Tokyo, an emotionally engaging literary debut about a grandmother and granddaughter who connect over a beloved lost place and the secrets they both carry. Its spring 1999, and 25-year-old Lia Cope and her prickly 73-year-old grandmother, Mineko, are sharing a bedroom in Curtain, Texas, the ranching town where Lia grew up and Mineko began her life as a Japanese war bride. Both women are at a turning point: Mineko, long widowed, moved in with her son and daughter-in-law after a suspicious fire destroyed the Cope family ranch house, while Lia, an architect with a promising career in Austin, has unexpectedly returned under circumstances she refuses to explain. Though Lia never felt especially close to her grandmother, the two grow close sharing late-night conversations. Mineko tells stories of her early life in Japan, of the war that changed everything, and of her two great loves: a man named Akio Sato and an abandoned Japanese country estate they called the Turtle House, where their relationship took root. As Mineko reveals more of her early lifetales of innocent swimming lessons that blossom into something more, a friendship nurtured across oceans, totems saved and hidden, the heartbreak of love lost too soonLia comes to understand the depth of her grandmothers pain and sacrifice and sees her Texas family in a new light. She also recognizes that its she who needs to come cleanabout the budding career she abandoned and the mysterious man who keeps calling. When Minekos adult children decide, against her wishes, to move her into an assisted living community, she and Lia devise a plan to bring a beloved lost place to life, one that they hope will offer the safety and sense of belonging they both need, no matter the cost. A story of intergenerational friendship, family, coming of age, identity, and love, The Turtle House illuminates the hidden lives we lead, the secrets we hold close, and what it truly means to find home again when it feels lost forever.
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melissajayne
The Turtle House: A Novel | Amanda Churchill
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Catching up for April and May.

For April, my favourite was Cutting for Stone. It was a reread for me, as I had read it a number of years ago and just loved the book. It is definitely a favourite read for April.

May was a little disappointing, as I only got The Turtle House completed. I really enjoyed that book as well. I haven't posted that review yet, but I will be doing catch up on book reviews this coming week.

#readingbracket2024

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AmyG
The Turtle House: A Novel | Amanda Churchill
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My #TBRTarot book….complete with flowers on the cover.
@CBee

kspenmoll So pretty! 1mo
CBee What a gorgeous cover! 1mo
AmyG Ha! May the book be as good as the cover. I won this from Goodreads so no clue. @kspenmoll @CBee 1mo
CBee @AmyG 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 1mo
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Hooked_on_books
The Turtle House: A Novel | Amanda Churchill
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Bailedbailed

The premise of this one seemed interesting, but at the 10% mark it‘s just not grabbing me at all. I don‘t know if it‘s me, the book, or the timing, so don‘t let me dissuade you.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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