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Model Home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Heartbreaking read that hits close to home.

    Could not put this book down. Each page tapped too closely to many lines that are all too painfully familiar. From the squeamish teenage parties to detailed descriptions of sibling angst this read left me recognizing too much that placed me off kilter long after the last page. I could not decide if i was cheering on the characters because they were all too familiar or because they broke my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Witty. Insightful. Wow.

    Fantastic.

    The characters are well-developed and captivating. They type of characters you miss when the book ends.

    Puchner's thoughtful insights are there for the taking -- not forced down your throat. (And they are great).

    I loved Puchner's writing style. He uses more good metaphors than a... than... well, there are a lot of good metaphors.

    And you will cry. You'll laugh for sure, but you'll cry. If you don't, then write a countervailing review.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Puchner creates one of the most heartbreaking stories of our time. Sad and beautiful, its message resonates.

    Dreaming of untold riches in the real estate market, Warren Ziller moves his family to a gated community in (Rancho) Palos Verdes, California. There, they live the American dream. Nice house, nice neighborhood. But Warren has a secret. The real estate development that he's invested in has tanked, and his family has no idea what looms ahead.

    Once in a while a book comes up out of nowhere and just slaps you in the face. I first heard about Model Home when it was featured in this year's Tournament of Books. Simply put, it sounded like my kind of book. It was set in Southern California, it had all the family dynamics that I seem to crave, and dysfunction. lots of it. I expected to enjoy it, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did.

    This book will break your heart.

    You will re-read passages over and over again because Puchner's writing is so exquisite. His writing is both beautiful and raw, which doesn't even sound right when put together in one sentence.

    "You've got your whole life ahead of you, people liked to say. In truth. there was not much time, a blip, and most of what you did was a mistake. You were lucky to find a safe and proper home. In the end, even the world cast you out, withdrawing its welcome."

    The characters are so well-developed, that I cried for them. Their predicament is so dire at one point, so delicate and precarious that I had to pace my reading or be overwhelmed by grief.

    If you search for reviews on this book, you'll see that many found this book to be depressing. I didn't. It's an honest account of a family falling apart, but in many ways it's hopeful too.

    I want everyone to read this book. It's my fave of the year (so far) and if you happen upon the interview with Eric Puchner, discussing the book, hold off on it until you've read it because it gives a huge plot point away!

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    i loved this book!

    great read, i reccommend it to everyone. the story moves really fast and i felt very invested in the characters.

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