The House We Grew Up In
by Lisa Jewell
published by Atria Books
I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the story of the Bird family that live in a beautiful cottage in Cotswolds- Lorelei and Colin, and their four children. We begin on Easter Sunday, 1981 and when life seemed perfect and the following 30 years. The story is told in flashbacks from the perspectives of different characters and always at the heart is tragic Lorelei. Death, trauma, and mental illness plague the family and the different relationships that make it up are show to the reader in glaring honesty.
When I started reading this book, I thought it would be like many others I have come across- odd family, tragedy, and growth- but it was SO much more. Lisa Jewell has woven a fascinating story here and I didn’t want it to end. This is definitely a book to read.
Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children’s lives.
Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they’ve never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in — and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.
Told in gorgeous, insightful prose that delves deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, The House We Grew Up In is the captivating story of one family’s desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home