Until She Comes Home

Until She Comes Home

Book - 2013
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"In 1958 Detroit, on Alder Avenue, neighbors struggle to care for neighbors amid a city ripe with conflicts that threaten their peaceful street. Grace, Alder's only expectant mother, eagerly awaits her first born. Best friend Julia prepares to welcome twin nieces. And Malina sets the tone with her stylish dresses, tasteful home, and ironfisted stewardship of St. Alban's bake sale. Life erupts when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in the care of Grace and Julia. All the ladies fear the recent murder of a black woman at the factory on Willingham Avenue where their husbands work may warn of what has become of Elizabeth, and they worry what is yet to become of Julia-- the last to see Elizabeth alive. The men mount an around-the-clock search, leaving their families vulnerable to sinister elements hidden in plain sight. Only Grace knows what happened, but her mother warns her not to tell. 'No man wants to know this about his wife.' Ashamed that her silence puts loved ones in harm's way, Grace gravitates toward the women of Willingham Avenue, who recognize her suffering as their own. Through their acceptance, Grace conquers her fear and dares to act. On Alder Avenue, vicious secrets bind friends, neighbors, and spouses. For the wicked among them, the walk home will be long" -- from author's web site.
Published: New York : Dutton, 2013.
ISBN: 9780525953968
Branch Call Number: F ROY
Characteristics: 338 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 19, 2016

Well written fiction story. Lori Roy is a writer who sets a tone and skillfully builds it to a taut climax. This story is a nice exploration of the dramatic difference between community members public reputation and their complex private personas.

Mar 17, 2015

An entertaining mystery that leaves more than a little guesswork at times.

Feb 11, 2015

Lori Roy can really tell a story and this mystery ,while evocative of To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Help, is richly unique . The two different streets speak of more than failing real estate values. They represent the crumbling racial divide of once great American cities. A missing child, a sexual assault , a murdered woman..these bring neighbours together and break neighbourhoods apart.


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