This Must Be the Place: A Novel

This Must Be the Place: A Novel

by Kate Racculia
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This Must Be the Place 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Grizelda More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved the characters, the excellent writing, the plot. Everything. It was simple a delightful book, touching, insightful, and she is now on my list of writers I seek for new books.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Mona has raised Oneida all by herself. They now live in a boarding house, called the Darby-Jones, that Mona is responsible for. The tenants of this home are a curious bunch. Considered a freak, Oneida has never had an friends. When a new resident, Arthur, comes to Darby-Jones, the residents lives are forever changed. There are certain books that touch you in ways that you cannot begin to describe. That's how I felt about <i>This Must Be the Place</i>. It's amazing novel. Book readers everywhere will be able to appreciate the voices Oneida and the other residents of Darby-Jones.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Arthur Rook's wife Amy is killed in a workplace accident. Arthur cannot comprehend that she is well and truly gone from his life. In going through her closet, he comes upon a pink shoebox filled with tiny treasures and mementos. And an unmailed postcard from 16 years ago that reads: "Mona, I'm sorry. I should have told you. Anyway I left you the best parts of myself. You know where to look. Amy So Arthur in his grief, set out to Ruby Falls, New York to find Mona and maybe learn more about Amy and the past she never talked about. This Must Be the Place is not really about Amy though. It's about those she left behind - Mona, her daughter Oneida and Arthur. For each of them, Amy played a pivotal role in their lives. As Arthur struggles to come to terms with Amy's death, Mona is forced to confront her past. Secrets long buried can no longer be kept hidden. Kate Racculia's book was a wonderful find for me. There is the mystery of Amy's past, but for me it was the exploration of relationships that I found attractive. Mona and her love for her daughter Oneida. Oneida's complicated coming of age (this was a great subplot) and Arthur and Mona's tentative reaching out to each other and the loss of Amy. The book is populated with marvellously quirky characters that lend an almost enchanted feel to the Darby-Jones boarding house Mona runs. I did guess Amy's secret about halfway through, but it didn't detract from enjoying the rest of the book at all. A great debut by a new voice. I enjoyed Racculia's whimsical, unique tale and characters very much and look forward to her next offering.
retromom More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the book, I thought Arthur was going to be the main character. He takes his deceased wife's mementos in a pink shoe box to seek out Mona to find out more about his wife's past. However, after getting more into the book it seems as though Oneida is the main character and it becomes more of a coming of age story. All the characters in this book are not exactly likable but that is okay. Some of the tenants in the Darby-Jones Boarding House are quite peculiar but they do make for an interesting mix of characters. They all seem to be searching for something even though they may not realize it. Mona and Oneida have the classic troubled mother/teenage daughter relationship. Arthur wants to know why his wife left her hometown and never mailed the mysterious postcard. Mona has a secret she is desperate to keep to herself. Oneida is experiencing her first love. The story kept me on my toes. There were some pretty crazy antics going on in the story, but it is not overdone. When I first saw the book, the cover intrigued me! A cat on a suitcase carried by a parachute is interesting to say in the least. By the end of the book I fully understood the cover. And it all started out with Arthur finding a postcard his wife never sent! Brilliant! I will keep an eye out for more from Kate Racculia.
Jenn-at-GirlsJustReading More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the summary of this book and so glad I took a chance on it. This was a refreshing read that was hard to put down. There are several main characters in the book and all of them are accessible and fascinating in their own right (which is not an easy feat, mind you). Even though I didn't love all of the characters immediately, the more I read, the more endeared I became. Racculia jumps from character to character advancing the story from different points of view and each character's recollections, but not once did it feel disjointed or choppy. It left me craving more of each person's story and Racculia doesn't disappoint on that front either. I loved the entire concept of the plot ~the rippling effect one unsent postcard could have on the lives of so many. So unfold the secrets of the past, and possibly the key to the future, with twists and turns I never imagined. By the end of the book the characters seemed like old friends with whom I didn't want to loose touch. Racculia's writing style is smooth and unhindered. It seems so honest. I found it to be a stunning debut novel and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us. http://girlsjustreading.blogspot.com/2010/07/group-review-this-must-be-place.html
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! I felt Kate successfully dropped into the minds and lives of the adult and teenage characters in many delightful ways. I was intrigued throughout the book; it was a page-turner for me.
moxienicole More than 1 year ago
For this first half of this book, I couldn't decide if I wanted to keep reading it or not. I kept going, and stayed up late one night because by then I just had to see how it ended! I like the author's style, the characters were interesting, and the ending, although somewhat pat, tied up the loose ends. I'll be looking for this author's next book.
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MrsO More than 1 year ago
...with lots of colorful characters and interesting family relationship goings ons with a little mystery. I enjoyed it very much and it wasn't a complicated book. Good for adults or I can see where young teenage girls would enjoy it also.
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Stonemaiden More than 1 year ago
The story is well written, but it is easy to predict where it is going. It would be a great book for teenage girls and the problems of peer pressure, but not so much as a good adult read.
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EbonyAngel More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to be more of a coming of age then anything else. Although the writing was good and the story kept me interested, most of the "secrets" were not hard to guess.
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