"Insightful relationship drama"
As a teen over two decades ago, Jewel Sabatino fled
her Pueblo, Colorado home never looking back over the
years. However, the Greenwich Village resident knows that
it is time to go home. So Jewel, her teenage son Shane,
and her dying best friend Michael Shaunessey return to her
hometown not sure of the welcome she will receive.
In Pueblo, Jewel is back in the fold of her Italian
family except for her unforgiving father, who has not
spoken to her in all this time. He refuses to welcome back
his daughter. The rest of the family opens their arms to
Jewel and her entourage. Michael's brother Malachi arrives
to help his sibling through his final days. However, as
death is in the air, renewal is too as Malachi and Jewel
begin to fall in love, but will the family crisis keep a
relationship from fully forming between them?
NO PLACE LIKE HOME is an insightful
that plays out on several stages. The key cast is a warm
ensemble though they seem stiff at times, but the story
line belongs to the lead protagonist. Jewel feels like
sandwich meat trapped between the two generations that
surround her as well as trying to come to grips with her
different types of love for the Shaunessey siblings.
Barbara Samuel shows that with love you can go home even if
much has changed in the interim.
Reviewed for the Hardcover edition: Ballantine Books -
January 29, 2002;
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 1, 2001