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Way Home (Five Star Expressions) Hardcover – Mar 2001


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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786230339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786230334
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm

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Mesmerizing first novel 6 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Way Home is the mesmerizing story of a woman's search for happiness and fulfillment, which she begins to realize she can achieve only by coming to terms with her difficult relationship with her alcoholic, aging father, and by letting go of her long-held belief that she can save him from himself. Ultimately she learns that forgiving someone (and one's own past behavior) takes time, but is necessary to open oneself up enough to trust and love another. Carolyn is an engaging, self-deprecating narrator with a wry sense of humor: when she looks at herself in the mirror after a trip through the heat of the desert (the evocatively described high desert of California, where windmills kick up the dust as they turn air into energy), she says, "Wilted lettuce came to mind." Johnson has written a beautiful book about a relationship between a flawed father and a daughter, and the way forgiveness and acceptance can transform one's notion of what "home" really means and what real love looks, tastes, and feels like. A lovely novel, beautifully written, suggesting great things still to come from this author.
Tugs at the heart of family dynamcis 15 Feb 2002
By Jenny Bioche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With a rare glimpse of the non-glitzy side of Southern California living, Allison Johnson invites the reader to the sun-baked deserts of Palm Springs for an incredible journey down one woman's path of self-discovery. Using the familiar but not redundant themes of family responsiblity, career woman struggles, sibling dynamics and frankly a sit-up-and pay attention love story, Allison Johnson's use of topographical prose, humor and well-layered characters makes "The Way Home" a real page-turner.
This book is a great summer read with it's inviting and easy material, but snow birds will also find relief in the literally bone-warming descriptions of canyons, patio-side chats and cowboy guided horseback riding trips at sunset. For those struggling with the tough questions about caring for an aging parent - you will find kindred souls and heart-warming dialogue that address this growing branch on the family tree. A real achievement, and I look forward to more work by a writer who clearly understands women, the elderly and life lessons learned on the journey that take us all our own way home.
Deceptively Simple 18 Nov 2001
By Charlotte Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read "The Way Home" primarily because it is set in Palm Springs, in Southern California, a fascinating area which generates unique energies. I stayed with it because Johnson is a gentle and skilled writer...there's more than a hint of Eudora Welty in her. She writes quietly but compellingly, demanding more and more of your attention.
The characters are just as they should be...where they should be...doing what they should be doing. I wasn't bowled over by anything, just very involved with the timely and vital family problems...the kind that can test your agility and slowly break your heart. They are the kind of problems you know you'll deal with it and be the wiser for their challenges.
Johnson's characters are vital. Palpable. They linger long after the book is back on your shelf. They are people you expect to bump into in town. You'll want to ask more about the Native American lore and lifestyle of the area, about Tahquitz, about the geography. You'll want to go out with Rex to watch him work the windmills. You'll want to find out when Johnson's next work will be out.
Old fashioned reading with a contemporary style 16 Jun 2001
By Kim Marsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read "The Way Home" in one afternoon, Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of my own birth family. The characters are refreshingly moral and the story is clean reading in this day and age. It has real characters that seen to grab hold and pull you in. The setting is one we all wish we could escape to at times. It would be nice to have a reason to get away from this fast paced life and do something for some one else. We have a real dilemma today with elder care. Parents are being put into homes and being left there to die. In helping her father, Carolyn found herself. The romance is sweet but it doesn't exploit sexuality. It has enough to peak your interest and keep it! It has a strong message about forgiveness, which is key to happiness. In reading this book, I found myself examining my own hidden anger and unforgiveness and was much more willing to let it go. I recommend this book to almost anybody. There are issues we all have dealt with or been exposed to in our lifetimes. It is like several sessions of free therapy; A must read!
An Enjoyable and Wothwhile Read 1 April 2002
By Lisa Sunbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is much to appreciate about this first novel by Allison Johnson.It is a well told and engaging story about family relationships,facing the past, forgiveness, love, and starting over. I laughed, cried, and identified with the characters in this book , especiallly the tough on the outside ,but tender on the inside heroine, Carolyn. Johnson especially excels at creating vivid word pictures evoking all of the harshness and beauty of the desert landscape, and in capturing perfectly the bittersweet relationship between a less than perfect father and a grown daughter who suddenly becomes responsible for caring for him. The characters and this story remain vivid in my mind and heart,despite the fact that it's been over a year since I finished the book. I highly recommend it,and look forward to more of Ms.Johnson's work in the future.
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