Finding What it Means to Go Back Home

Can you really ever go back? We wanted to recommend a few reads filled with hope and the complexities of going back to a place full of memories; often both good and bad. Whether home is a place, person, or concept, one thing is certain – time inevitably changes everything. This collection of books promises to leave you with a sense of hope, introspection, and a hard look at the complicated family dynamics that we all experience.

The Language of Love and Loss by Bart Yates

Noah York has to move back home, and he really, really doesn’t want to. When his difficult mother is diagnosed with ALS he reluctantly returns to his New Hampshire hometown—and all the ghosts he left behind. Funny, deeply touching, and buoyant this new novel from the award-winning author of Leave Myself Behind will leave you smiling through tears.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

When three siblings are separated at birth and adopted to three different families, the fascinating question of nature vs. nurture takes a front seat. As they reunite and get to know each other as teenagers, it becomes very clear that not all paths lead to the same result and sometimes fate and luck change the course of our entire lives.

Hope Creek by Janet Dailey

Set in a small town in South Carolina, the daughter who once walked away from the dark chaos of her childhood returns to her Lowcountry hometown, hoping to put the past to rest. Kit Teague ran away from the island of Hope Creek years ago but in the wake of her mother’s death she must return to a place of memories and people she thought she’d never see again.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

A book about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not. After Judd Foxman’s father has died, he must return to his grieving family to sit shiva for seven long days (and nights!) under the same roof. As dysfunctional as they are codependent, the week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions are reawakened. This book is a wild ride from beginning to end.

Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn

Unexpected upheaval sends Georgie Mulcahy away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, now she must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page. Honest and deeply emotional, Georgie, All Along is a smart, tender must-read for everyone who’s ever wondered about the life that got away . . .