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After her parents die in a car accident on an icy road in Montana, Alma Terrebonne takes her full scholarship and goes to Bryn Mawr. She leaves behind her younger sister, Vicky, who lost a leg in the accident, and all the emotions she can no longer handle. Twelve years later, she is a corporate attorney about to make partner when the call comes that troubled, drug-addled, single-mother Vicky is dead. Alma heads home to identify the body, plan the funeral, and get back to Seattle as quickly as possible. But Vicky’s accidental death may not be an accident. Her overbearing Uncle Walt is acting strange, a coal developer is getting just a little too pushy, and Vicky’s daughter looks to Alma for safety. On top of that, Chance Murphy, her old boyfriend, won’t allow her to tamp down her feelings, for him or for home, anymore. La Seur makes a very assured debut. Her characters are rich and believable; the plot is perfectly paced with mystery and romance enough to keep the reader hooked. And it’s all played against a beautifully drawn Montana backdrop. --Elizabeth Dickie

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“The Home Place is one of the year’s strongest debuts.” (Associated Press)

“A love story of the land and its people...captivating.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“Walloping in suspense, drama, rage, and remorse, this debut is an accomplished literary novel of the new West.” (Library Journal)

“La Seur makes a very assured debut. Her characters are rich and believable; the plot is perfectly paced with mystery and romance enough to keep the reader hooked. And it’s all played against a beautifully drawn Montana backdrop.” (Booklist)

“La Seur entices readers with impeccable prose imbued with a blend of romance, nostalgia and suspense.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Powerfully evocative and page-turning.” (Rosamund Lupton, New York Times-bestselling author of SISTER and AFTERWARDS)

“Carrie La Seur’s debut is a gripping story of family, love and murder. Set against an indelibly drawn Montana landscape, The Home Place explores the intangible ways we are both defined by and in opposition to the people and places we call home.” (Tara Conklin, New York Times-bestselling author of The House Girl)

“It is always a treat when a talented writer chooses to write about her home, particularly when she does so with authority, clarity and imagination...The Home Place gives readers a stunning but frank look at what it means to be from Billings, Montana.” (BookPage)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Advance Reader's Edition edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006232344X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062323446
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carrie La Seur is a seventh generation descendant of homesteaders who came to Montana in 1864 and settled in what is now called the Gallatin Valley, near the headwaters of the Missouri River. "My frontier heritage has always been a taproot and a source of resolve. If they could do it, so can I."

After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, Carrie was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a doctorate in modern languages from Oxford University. "After Oxford, I tried academia for a while and did a summer course at the Iowa Writers Workshop. The literary and academic worlds did not fall at my feet, so I packed up and headed to Yale Law School. The law was a way to get back to Montana and do work I care about. In the process, I gained a perspective and a voice that made my writing stronger and more relevant."

In 2006, she founded the legal nonprofit Plains Justice, which provides public interest energy and environmental legal services in the northern plains states. Carrie and Plains Justice have played a key role in halting several new coal plants, enacting clean energy reforms, and launching the Keystone XL pipeline campaign.

Carrie currently practices law on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and Native Americans, and does a little writing, from an office in Billings, Montana. A licensed private pilot, she hikes, skis, and fishes the Montana wilderness with her family in her spare time. Her work has appeared in such diverse media as Grist, Harvard Law and Policy Review, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, and Salon.

Author photo by Dewey Vanderhoff taken at Trail Town, Cody, WY

Customer Reviews

Thin characters with very little substance.
Ti
I was pulled into this story from the first sentence and it stole a Saturday from me as I got so involved in the story I didn't stop reading until I finished the book.
P. Woodland
A gripping story with very well-drawn characters.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gayla M. Collins VINE VOICE on May 1, 2014
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I am always so happy when I chose a debut novel to review and it is a winner right out of the chute. Since this is centered around Billings, MT and the vast ranches I thought I would start with western jargon. :-)

Alma, a high powered attorney who is practicing in Seattle is drawn back to her home(Montana) as her sister is found dead. Was it an accident, drug overdose, or killing? Between the pages of some of the most powerful yet elegant writing this mystery unfolds. Cohesively, and not rushed, Carrie La Seur sheds light for the reader, lending them many nuances and some very dark secrets. Introducing just the right amount of characters, the reader can never quite figure out who or what. A passionate romance glides in provoking another caveat to consider. I am loathe to name characters and plots as they all lead to the brilliant ending that had me shaking my head and hoping there might be a sequel. Or not. This is a fantastic stand alone book.

I love the images of Montana, the good, bad, and the ugly, but mainly it's scoping beauty. I felt a little Ivan Doig and Kent Haruf in the writing though critics compared her to Wiley Cash one of my favorite new authors.

Excellent beginning, Ms. La Seur and I will anxiously await what lies ahead in your bibliography that will be large someday I can feel in it my reading bones.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By knittingmom VINE VOICE on April 18, 2014
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The Home Place by Carrie La Seur is her debut novel and I truly wanted to like it more than I did. La Seur’s prose is well done and her book is exceptionally atmospheric, unfortunately for me, I did not relate to the main character. Alma Terrebonne left Montana after the death of her parents and planned to never return, that was until her younger sister passed away and she headed home for the funeral. When Carrie returns to Montana she finds a lot more than she bargained for, beginning with the fact her sister’s death may not have been an accident. I did appreciate the small town descriptions, the buried secrets, and the family tensions, however I just could not like Alma. I suggest looking at other reviews before deciding if The Home Place is the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ti on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Alma Terrebonne left Montana behind her when she accepted a position as a lawyer and made the city her home. But when her sister is found dead, she’s forced to return to the home place that she left behind.

Everyone knows how it is when you return home. If you left for a reason, then going back is not easy and that is very much the case here. The bleak winters, the isolation and the poor condition of the home place itself leave a lot to be desired, but at the same time, it’s home and there’s always a place for it within your heart. As I read this book, the conflict within Alma is obvious. There is a definite love/hate thing going on with being home, but at the same time, she is the “responsible” one and with her sister dead and her niece without a mother, she feels obligated to step in.

This tug of the heart, would have been enough to explore on its own but La Seur throws in some nasty dealings with mining folk making plays for the land, the ugliness of her sister’s death and some confusion over who she should be with romantically, the guy she left behind in Montana or her new love interest back in the city.

All in all, I think La Seur tried to give us too much at once. The result? Thin characters with very little substance. However, it read well for me. The flow of the writing was quite good which made it an easy and quick read. I’ve not read many books set in Montana and La Seur’s sense of place is strong in this one. This is one of those books where I find myself scratching my head a little because it was enjoyable to read, and yet, I felt it could have been so much more.

If you enjoy novels that explore home and what it means and you don’t mind some nasty dealings messing up your perfect picture of biscuits and gravy and fried pork chops, then I say give it a try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. Breazeale on September 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I won't summarize the book because plenty of other reviews do that quite well. My issue: The Home Place is presented as a coming home story combined with a mystery, but it is really more a romance novel than anything else. It may be a good romance novel, but that's just not a genre I enjoy.

Upon the death of her ner do well sister, Alma Terrebone returns to hometown Billings Montana from Seattle where she's a successful lawyer. The book presents a host of interesting plot possibilities. Was Vicky's death accident or murder? What role did the slimey coal company rep play? How will Alma's ongoing conflict with her sleazy law firm colleagues end? What will happen to niece Brittany and the old homestead where Brittany and Alma take up residence? How will Alma resolve her deepseated love/hate relationship with her hometown? But all of this takes a backseat to Alma's renewed attraction to her highschool sweetheart Chance. She broke his heart once, but maybe he is now the solution to her conflicted life? Far too much of the novel is devoted to their relationship.

I don't mind a little romance as part of a good mystery, but this is a little mystery tucked into a romance novel.
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