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Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways - in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart - the renters struggle to navigate daily existence and soon come to realize that Edith's deteriorating mind and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, are the greatest challenges they must confront together.
Faced with eviction by Owen and his designs on the building, the tenants - Paulie, an unusually disabled man, and his burdened sister, Claudia; Edward, a misanthropic stand-up comic; Adeleine, a beautiful agoraphobe; and Thomas, a young artist recovering from a stroke - must find in one another what the world has not yet offered or has taken from them: family, respite, security, worth, love.
The threat to their home scatters them far from where they've begun, to an ascetic commune in Northern California, the motel rooms of depressed middle America, and a stunning natural phenomenon in Tennessee, endangering their lives and their visions of themselves along the way.
With humanity, humor, grace, and striking prose, Kathleen Alcott portrays these unforgettable characters in their search for connection, for a life worth living, for home.
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By Rosemary Benson on 08-21-15
A literary feast
What made the experience of listening to Infinite Home the most enjoyable?
Christa Lewis' narration is superb.
What did you like best about this story?
The luscious figurative language and fascinating characters; all of the residents of the building are intricately drawn.
What does Christa Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Christa Lewis' narration was a perfect fit for the book. Her smooth delivery takes you through descriptions and inner lives of the characters with a fluidity that allows the listener to savor the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I will be listening to other books by both the author and the narrator.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Beth Anne on 03-27-16
unrealistic relationships w/ some redeeming parts
i liked this story and i didn't. i think the idea of it was really sweet -- but the reality of it maybe wasn't all that successful?
the characters were interesting...however unbelievable it is to think that these people would interact with each other in any personal and intimate way just because they lived in the same apartment building. the story went to so many weird places...i was especially disappointed in how Adeleine and Owen's interactions were played out...i find it utterly impossible that any of this would happen, no matter how fucked up they both were in their own ways.
as i think about it, if i keep writing this review, my rating will get lower...so I'm going to quit while the book is ahead.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful