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By Katie R.

On Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm, author Jean Thompson will join us for a discussion about her book The Year We Left Home. EVPL has partnered with Indiana Humanities to host Jean (virtually!) to explore the themes of family, home, and the divide between urban, rural, and suburban communities. We hope that you will be able to join us for this event by registering on EVPL’s Event page

Whether you are able to attend the event or not, we encourage you to read The Year We Left Home as part of One State/One Story. Indiana Humanities discusses why they selected the book on their website and you can visit Jean Thompson’s page for discussion questions, resources, and more. 

If you enjoyed The Year We Left Home or would like to read books centered around similar themes, please check out any of the titles below.

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel by Edward Kelsey Moore 

“This diner in Plainview, Indiana is home away from home for Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Dubbed “The Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they’ve weathered life’s storms for over four decades and counseled one another through marriage and children, happiness and the blues.” (from Amazon)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere takes place in suburban Cleveland in the town of Shaker Heights. Everything in Shaker Heights is planned and no one steps out of the position in which they have been placed. When a mother and her daughter move to Shaker Heights, however, the seemingly perfect Richardson family and the town are forced out of their everyday lives. “Ng’s stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest…[A] tour de force.”—Booklist

The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko

“Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.” (from Amazon)

Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

Set in South Carolina in 1924, Call Your Daughter Home brings together three women from three different backgrounds. A mother of four trying to protect her children, a woman who is the first generation of a freed slave family, and a wealthy matriarch that appears to have no problems intersect to tell a story about family, daughters and mothers, friendship, and community. 

Join us on Thursday, November 12 for a virtual author visit with Jean Thompson to discuss her book, The Year We Left Home.

Katie R.

Katie R.


When not inquiring, Posey County native Katie Reineke loves spending time outdoors and in her home in New Harmony. She loves hiking, biking, kickboxing, and singing, but also loves to relax with a coffee and a good book.

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