Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

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"Against the backdrop of America's heartland, this stunning epic drama follows the Kusek family over fifty years, through relocation from metropolis to prairie, the panic of Communism and McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a dramatic trial, and, ultimately, murder. On Christmas Eve, 1985, Jo Kusek discovers her brother and his family have been savagely attacked. The wife has been killed, father and son barely alive. How did this happen? Cal, Jo's father, was a World War II pilot and an attorney. Betsy, Jo's mother, was a worker's advocate. In 1950, they escaped the political hysteria of New York City, and relocated to a close-knit town in South Dakota. Cal became a cattleman, Betsy a nurse. Jo and her younger brother, Lance, were inseparable. A seat in the State Assembly became available and Cal jumped at the chance to serve the community that had taken them in. Life was full and rewarding. Things change when Cal runs for US Senate. His campaign threatens the local triumvirate of power that will do anything to stop him. The FBI investigates Betsy, and a youthful dalliance with the Communist Party surfaces to haunt the Kuseks and divide the town. Driven by fear and hate, the Kuseks' neighbors condemn them as enemies and spies. Their American Dream falls apart overnight and becomes an agonizing nightmare. And although they are vindicated in a successful libel lawsuit, the story doesn't end there: years later, Lance Kusek, his wife and son, are violently assaulted, and the mystery then unfolds as to who could have committed this coldblooded act. Is it the result of the events decades earlier? As her loved ones hover between life and death, Jo Kusek becomes our witness to one of the most brutal periods in American history"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781101874219
Characteristics: 351 pages ;,25 cm.


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Feb 27, 2018

This is a hokey book. I can see that the dialogue would seem that way as much of the story starts in 1950. However even the narrative seems dated and overdone to the point where I just want to scream. Way too much useless detail, won't continue after reading several chapters.

Mar 11, 2017

Very conflicted about this book. The characters are realistic and interesting. the settings are well described. the plot seems worthwhile. But, there is little action. I'm 1/2 way through the book(p 139) and little has happened!!!! Given an infinite amount of time would continue, but the lack of action leaves me with many things more pressing. Seems to me this would be a GREAT book at half the length!

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