The Journey Home

The Journey Home

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by Michael Baron
     
 

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Joseph, a man in his late thirties, awakens disoriented and uneasy in a place he doesn't recognize. Several people are near him when he opens his eyes, all strangers. All of them seem perfectly friendly, but none of them can explain to him how he got there. They offer him a delicious meal and pleasant conversation in a beautifully decorated room. This would be a

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Joseph, a man in his late thirties, awakens disoriented and uneasy in a place he doesn't recognize. Several people are near him when he opens his eyes, all strangers. All of them seem perfectly friendly, but none of them can explain to him how he got there. They offer him a delicious meal and pleasant conversation in a beautifully decorated room. This would be a very nice experience if not for one thing: Joseph doesn't know where he is and he has no way to contact his wife, who he is sure is worried sick over him. Thanking the people for their hospitality, he leaves to make his way back home. The only problem is that whatever happened to him has stripped him of most of his memories. He knows he needs to get back to his wife, but he doesn't know how to find her. He sets out on a journey to find his home with no sense of where he's going and only the precious, indelible vision of the woman he loves to guide him.

Antoinette is an elderly woman in an assisted living facility. She’s spent the last six years there since her husband died, and most of those years have been happy. She enjoys the company of others in her situation and her son comes to visit often. But in recent months, she’s had a tougher and tougher time leaving her room. Her friends seem different to her and the world seems increasingly confusing. She spends an escalating amount of time on a journey inside her head. There, her body and mind haven’t betrayed her. There, she’s a young newlywed with a husband who dotes on her and an entire life of dreams to live. There, she is truly home.

Warren, Antoinette’s son, is a man in his early forties going through the toughest year of his life. His marriage ended, he lost his job, and in the past few months, his mother has gone from hale to increasingly hazy. Having trouble finding work, he spends more and more time by his mother’s bedside. But her lack of lucidity both frustrates and frightens him. With far too much time on his hands, he decides to try to recreate his memories of home by attempting to cook his mother’s greatest dishes using the rudimentary appliances available in her room. He finds the challenge surprisingly rewarding, especially because the only time he feels his mother is truly with him anymore is when she is eating the meals he prepares for her.

Joseph, Antoinette, and Warren are three people on different searches for home. How they find it, and how they connect with one another at this critical stage in each of their lives, is the foundation for a profound and deeply moving story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981956862
Publisher:
Story Plant, The
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Baron is the pseudonym for a successful nonfiction writer. He is the author of two previous novels, When You Went Away (Story Plant, October 2009) and Crossing the Bridge (Story Plant, January 2010). His next novel, Leaves will come in the fall of 2010. A more extensive bio from the author is available at his site, www.MichaelBaronBooks.com.

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The Journey Home 3.6 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 783 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wish 12 year olds would stop giving all the free books no stars just because they want twilight or whatever.... dont rate if you didnt read! I read this book a while ago and it is pretty good. Not really normally my thing but i still liked it.
the_curious_reader More than 1 year ago
Michael Baron has a smooth, flowing style that intrigues even as it lulls, and he assures that we will care about his cast of characters. There are some odd situations where the unseeable is unexplainably seen and the flaw, for this reader, of a resolution that is both pat and overly sentimental. Still, accompanied by a quiet room, a comfortable chair, and a pot of tea, The Journey Home offers an ultimately comforting escape from everyday cares and snares.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
The Journey Home relates the strangeness and wonder of connection. It all begins with Joseph waking up in a strange home, surrounded by a family who accept his fragile condition and soothe him with warm meals and a place to stay overnight. For Joseph is unable to remember where he came from or where he was going before he was found passed out on the sidewalk outside of the family who found him. When he leaves that place of shelter, he meets Will, a young man who knows he has a goal to reach but seems quite unsure of precisely what it is or how to tackle the journey there. He begins to find purpose in attempting Joseph in his quest for home and identity. The closest they come is through the sense Joseph has of a woman whom he loves and whose presence enlivens the very essence of his life's meaning. Antoinette is living in an assisted living facility which she finds strange, and so she retreats into her room, living in the memories of the beautiful love she shared with her late husband, Don. Her son, Warren, going through a divorce and presently unemployed, is lost and frustrated by his mother's slipping more deeply into another world. He slowly begins to recreate a new relationship with her by cooking her favorite meals and watching her joy as she comes alive with each meal he so tenderly prepares. The descriptions of these meals will make the reader want to run out to buy ingredients to try the same culinary delights, but we also sense that it is the love that goes into the preparation turns them into exquisitely appreciated delights. His conversation with Jan, a nurse at the facility where Antoinette lives, puts some delicate humor and meaning into the present moment and offers the possibility of hope for the future to both of them. What fuels our passions and what is the heart of true relationships? The Journey Home is a story about three very different characters. In truly listening to each other and learning what feeds the heart, mind, and soul, all these characters learn true love and relish the journey to the center and peripheries of that precious world that is ever new and ever alive in a unique, memorable cycle! Lovely novel!!!
jg5995 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that will make you STOP and think about life itself and you life aas you see it. Read and THINK!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not my typical genre of reading material, but i decided to give it a try. I am very happy I made that decision. This is a very smooth, quick book. I dont want to give away the story so i will just say this book was very well written. Definately a book that deserves to be read.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE JOURNEY HOME by Michael Brown is a Contemporary novel. It is set in modern day. It is well written. It has family drama, a true love, loss, and sickness. It is the journey of three family members and how they collide. An aging mother with Alzheimer's who is living the early years of her marriage to her beloved, a father who died five years prior, a son who has been dead for years, and the son who is going though a divorce, loss of work and his declining mother. The husband, and eldest son collide and come to find the mother who is waiting for her beloved. This is an interesting story. This book was received for review and details can be found at The Story Plant and My book Addiction and More.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Joseph awakens he is confused as he has no idea who he is or how he got to where he is. The people who found him are kind to him and offer to allow him to stay with them, but he feels an urgency to find where he belongs. Seventeen year old Will offers to drive him to wherever he needs to go. Reluctantly, Joseph accepts after asking Will questions about his parents. Elderly Antoinette is dying from Alzheimer's. She resides at the Treetops assisted living facility while dreaming of the day she and her late lover Don will reunite. Her adult son Warren is going through difficult times as he lost his corporate job and marriage, and increasingly his beloved mom. He decides to cook her favorite meals with her help as he recalls she was the great neighborhood chef creating unique meals for only people she knew. Warren finds a passion and a connection with his mom while also attracted to kindhearted Jan the nurse. Soon these three people and the two road warriors will connect in ways no one on earth could understand. This is a great family drama with a delightful spiritual twist. The four prime players and to a lesser degree Jan are fully developed as Michael Baron gets inside the mind of an Alzheimer's victim, an apparent amnesiac as well as those who care about them but are unsure what to do. Readers will want to join the cast on aptly title Journey Home to learn how the diverse subplots connect the dots. Harriet Klausner
Tamber More than 1 year ago
At first, I was confused by the multiple story lines, but as the story developed, I couldn't put the book down! I just had to see what happened next. I tried to figure out how the story would end, and I was pleasantly surprised. I love an author who can keep me guessing. This is a heartwarming story - great to cuddle under throw in front of the fireplace and read this winter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a great read just ok. A little slow and it took a long time to tie it together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything I love! It is a very quick read, a little suspenseful, a page turner, and a beautiful story of love and life. The twist at the end is unpredictable! It blew me away! I only wish it couldve been longer, such a feel good book! Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. No it's not an exciting mystery, nor are there "hot" love scenes. Instead you get a thought provoking sweet romance that hopefully you can relate to. I'm so fortunate to be with the love of my life and that we have a relationship like the one in this story. Read this book, and if that's not what you have, then go find it! It really is possible! The author's perception of love, family, and even cooking are WONDERFUL, and hope his perception of Heaven is right on! :) Can't wait to read his other novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in one sitting. Beautiful story of the end of life and eternal love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but you have to keep up...it goes back and forth and can lose you at times.
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I like how this was written, how it flowed. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to get to the end of the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good stories. I feel it has a strong religious tone.
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Good read, fun figuring out the connection between the people. (132 pages)