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Description - Home and Away by Joanne Meschery

Spanning the 100-day Persian Gulf War and a small California town's girls' basketball season, Home and Away is the story of Hedy Gallagher Castle, a woman who has reached a crossroads in her life. A straddler by nature, Hedy finds herself doing a balancing act on all fronts as her daughter approaches womanhood, her father enters a no-man's-land of bewilderment after a stroke, and her husband departs in search of the lost athletic glory of his youth. At the same time, the divisive political issues of the greater world--the Gulf War, abortion, gay rights, and fundamentalism--encroach on Hedy's increasingly fragile private one. As the tensions mount, Hedy learns to take a side--her own side--for the first time in her life, reawakening to a sense of love and loss.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520213425
ISBN-10: 0520213424
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 24-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Home and Away by Joanne Meschery

US Kirkus Review » A sturdy if unremarkable novel from the author of A Gentleman's Guide to the Frontier (1990) and In a High Place (1981). Meschery relates, in the first person and present tense, the story of Hedy Castle, a contemporary housewife who takes her life - and the many conflicts that arise in it - one day at a time, ending up content and stable. Hedy is a border station employee who regulates the importation of pests into Northern California; she wishes she had as much control over her personal trials. Her husband, Ward, has been seized with his trademark wanderlust, leaving her to cope with their teenage daughter Jen's coming of age and the decline and eventual death of Hedy's ailing father, Reverend Gallagher. Already involved in the community and in her daughter's school (both run by Bible-thumping conservatives), Hedy volunteers to be the statistician of her daughter's varsity basketball team, the Lady Miners. That brings her back in touch with Pink Lindstrom, the feisty, forthright sports journalist who twice saved her life and who has fallen for her. The spirited, funny banter that leads to their love affair is one of the high points of the book, but the self-righteous townspeople see nothing admirable in married Hedy's escapades. When she tells a local gossip that she is pregnant (to protect her daughter's friend Tara, whom she accompanied to an abortion clinic), her life is only complicated further. But easygoing, tolerant, and humble Hedy lets the anger of a town afraid of lesbians, abortion, and unconventional lifestyles pass over her, emerging stronger in the end. Meschery's novel is like a small gift wrapped up in a big box: the story, though enjoyable, rattles around inside the reader's inflated hopes for it. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Joanne Meschery

Joanne Meschery is the author of A Gentleman's Guide to the Frontier (1991), In a High Place (1981) and Truckee: A History (1978).