Juan has managed to leave the nest and move abroad when he finds himself forced to return to his hometown after his father dies. His intention is to resume his life in Edinburgh as soon as possible once the burial is done, but his sister breaks some news that compels him to change his plans. So, despite his best intentions, he finds himself back in the same place he wanted to flee, taking care of his mother, even though he barely knows her. In fact, the only thing he feels they have in common is the family’s old Renault 4.
In the author’s words, “Of all the responsibilities human beings take on, having children is probably the biggest one and the most transcendental. Giving life to somebody and making that life prosper is something that involves every aspect of a human being. But the responsibilities of being somebody’s child are rarely commented upon. Take Me Home deals with those responsibilities, and the consequences of accepting them."
A great novel about family, the bonds that unite us and the wounds that divide us.
Take Me Home is a family novel that brilliantly describes the conflict between two generations: the parents who struggled to pass on their legacy, and their children, who need to move away in order to find their place in the world. In this emotional coming-of-age story, Jesús Carrasco once again creates formidable characters faced with vital decisions as life puts them up against the ropes.
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