The Journey Home [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984190584
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 133,293
  • File size: 3 MB

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, MichaelBaronBooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    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.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    An interesting, and heartwarming story!

    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.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2011

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    Recommended for a gentle walk on the sentimental side.

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    The Heart's Healing Presence!

    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!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    This is a great family drama with a delightful spiritual twist

    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

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    highly recommend!!!

    This is a book that will make you STOP and think about life itself and you life aas you see it. Read and THINK!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    Just ok

    Not a great read just ok. A little slow and it took a long time to tie it together

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    A poignant love story tying three separate characters together in an unimaginable way, The Journey Home will pull readers in from the beginning and captivate them throughout. With endearing and sensitive writing, beautifully crafted characters and stunning plot lines, Baron has created another romantic masterpiece. This book focuses on three characters, two of whom are related and one who is completely separate, and forms a connection with each of them to the reader.

    Joseph is the first character introduced, a man who wakes up in a house full of strangers and missing most of his names. Apart from knowing his first name but no last name and having a strong feeling he is married, Joseph is at a complete loss for what to do and where to go. His pain over the distance from his wife is tangible, written in a stunning way to easily make the reader see from his eyes how it feels to know somewhere his wife loves him and misses him with no word on whether he's safe or not. His journey is surprising as he meets a 17 year old boy named Will who openly offers to drive him aimlessly across the country in an effort to find his home. The kinship between these two- adult man and teenager caught between boy and man- is moving and memorable.

    Next introduced is Antoinette, a woman suffering the effects of Alzheimer's, compounded by her grievance over the loss of her husband a few years before. This is a woman who was devoted to her husband, entwined in him, and the definition of soul mate. Without him, Antoinette lives in a constant state of pain, missing him and wanting nothing more than to be with him. Her days are spent, by preference, locked away in her memories, reliving her entire relationship with her husband and offering heartfelt looks into various points in their decades together. They most certainly had the kind of idealized romance many can only dream about, from the raw passion to the intense devotion and Baron has painted that picture enchantingly.

    The final player in this work is Warren, Antoinette's son who is struggling to understand her mental decline. With little other ideas to try to pull her attention, coupled with the goings-on in his personal life, Warren begins creating all the heartfelt, homemade dishes he grew up. These are dishes Antoinette made from the heart with her family and friends in mind, doing her own spin on well known dishes and naming them after those she loves. Though it seems irrelevant, Baron has weaved not only the titles of the dishes but the stories behind the names and the slow change they create in Warren seamlessly, making the reader want to find out more of these dishes. This story line overlaps with Antoinette's as much as can be expected when one character prefers to be alone, creating the allusion of a solitary life even in the midst of family.

    Throughout the book, all three characters' personalities come through strongly and develop masterfully. The mystery behind Joseph's amnesia and what will become of Warren and Antoinette provide intrigue while the simple romantic element of not only Antoinette's memories but a potential spark between Warren and a caretaker at the senior complex his mother lives at builds the bonds. The manner in which these three finally connect is stunning and something hard to piece together, even if the reader can predict some aspects. The overall layout is hidden until the perfect moment in which Baron sideswipes the reader, uniting these three and providing closur

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Glad i read it

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Wonderful story!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Excellent!!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    I loved this book. No it's not an exciting mystery, nor are the

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Outstandingly pieced together

    Read in one sitting. Beautiful story of the end of life and eternal love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Lion cub

    He gets carried

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Liked it

    It was a good book but you have to keep up...it goes back and forth and can lose you at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Better than Twilight

    Awesome book!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    .

    Good read, fun figuring out the connection between the people. (132 pages)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Good

    A short read at 134 pages. This book was very good. It was sad but lovely, although i did figure out the mystery half way through. A great book you will likely enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Beautiful

    It's a wonderful story of love and the magic that happens when we are open to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Nice story

    This was sweet.

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