The Long Way Home (Anglais) MP3 CD – 5 juin 2012
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For Wisconsinites Marnie, Laverne and Rita, life isn't working out so well. Each is biding time, waiting for something better, something to transport them out of what their lives have recently become. And then there's Jazzy: bubbly, positive, and happy even though she hears voices of the departed. Brought together by a chance meeting, the women decide to join Marnie on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas where she intends to reunite with Troy, the boy she raised as her own—and who she’s been separated from since her boyfriend’s death. Little do they know that as the road trip unfolds, so will their lives—in directions they never anticipated. Humorous, heartwarming, and bittersweet, the journey has something special in store for each woman. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
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The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion features four women who go on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas. Add the elements that these women are barely more than strangers, range in age from 20's - 70's, have conflicting personalities, and are all dealing with the loss of a loved one, and you have just a little of what Karen McQuestion does to put an authentic twist on a "done before" road trip plot.
Jazzy is a ray of sunshine that Marnie, Laverne and Rita haven't seen in quite some time. When Marnie makes the decision to go to Las Vegas to reunite with the boy she helped raise, it's Jazzy's optimism that keeps the women moving forward both literally and figuratively. While I loved each of the characters for very different reasons, I must admit that Laverne is by far my favorite. I can picture the other three women rolling their eyes and becoming frustrated with this old woman but she does many things on the trip that I know I would do.
What I love about Karen's novels is that she develops the characters throughout the story and you never really have them figured out until the end. The amazing thing about The Long Way Home was that I didn't just love the four main characters, I also found myself mourning for those they lost. Each individual story was powerful and moving without being over the top.
I've only said this a handful of times in my years of reading, but I sincerely hope The Long Way Home goes from print to screen. There's nothing in this novel that wouldn't translate beautifully to a movie version, and I would be first in line to see it.
I rate The Long Way Home a perfect five stars and recommend it for anyone who enjoys an adventurous, heartwarming book with strong female leads.
At the second group meeting, Jazzy returned. She had already bonded with Rita and Marnie. Marnie confided she missed Troy. She had discovered through his friend he would be spending six weeks at a boot camp during the summer while his mother worked in Europe. Jazzy suggested Marnie contact Troy’s mother and ask to visit him before he left for camp.
Jazzy and Rita decided to join Marnie, who had a fear of flying, during her road trip to Las Vegas.
The young, spirited, supportive Jazzy is the catalyst in this story. She befriends Marnie’s octogenarian, unfiltered, Ziploc pill toting, landlady, Laverne, a recluse, who lives in the first floor apartment.
The road trip is a challenge for the three older women. There are almost hourly visits to rest stops’ bathrooms. With giddiness, Laverne admitted it was her first trip outside of Wisconsin. She lacked refinement, and doesn’t think before she speaks, often annoying the dour Marnie. Marnie is piqued that Rita won’t speed up a bit. She wants to hurry and see Troy before he leaves for camp. Rita acts as designated driver. She is using her husband, Glenn’s Crown Victoria, is cautious and, will not escalate the speed limit. The warm, personable Jazzy feels right at home, with her eighties music and singalongs. Her infectious smile and personality have the ladies singing and laughing.
Jazzy and Marnie helped Rita eventually get justice for her daughter. Jazzy met Carson, the love of her life, in Colorado.
I liked the characters; however, I thought the story was too long, especially the road trip to Las Vegas. The thief, which the guarded Marnie picked up, although against Laverne’s advice, should have been omitted from the story. I gave this story three stars.
A story full of surprises. Really enjoyable reading. Hard to put down. I walk a lot everyday and take my kindle along to read as I walk. This was a great story to walk /read by.