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Listening to This Must Be the Place is like listening to a love story told in reverse. Although Arthur and Amy had shared the best times of their lives together in Los Angeles (both were outposts from the Northeast Arthur from Boston, Amy from Ruby Falls), it seems that Arthur barely knows where Amy came from at the onset of this journey. He confronts her past upon arriving at the Darby Jones boarding house in Ruby Falls, where Mona lives with her daughter Oneida and an eclectic variety of tenants. Some of the book’s best moments took place around the dinner table, with Marlo’s playful narration of this cast of unique characters. Arthur and Mona come to terms with Amy’s past and present; meanwhile, Mona’s daughter Oneida struggles with her own plight to find herself.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Racculia’s novel is her thorough development of its characters supporting players included. Marlo is the perfect performer for such a project, as she manages to peel back the layers of each character through voice and emotion. Amy’s secrets unfold at a tumbling rate in This Must Be the Place, and Marlo’s characterizations bring insight and authenticity to this engrossing study of human nature. Suzanne Day
Slowly the contents of the box begin to fit together to tell a story---one of a powerful friendship, a lost love, and a secret that, if revealed, could change everything that Mona, Oneida, and Arthur know to be true. Or maybe the stories the box tells and the truths it brings to life will teach everyone about love - how deeply it runs, how strong it makes us, and, even when all seems lost, how tightly it brings us together.
With emotional accuracy and great energy, This Must Be the Place introduces memorable, charming characters that refuse to be forgotten.
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By Pamela Harvey on 08-24-10
Nice 'quest' novel
At the beginning, I thought to my dismay "here comes another one of those characters-scattered-everywhere novels", you know, the ones that make you wish the author had provided a "cast of characters" like in a program for a play, but the assortment of people are all connected after all. It's very well written, really can't say anything negative about it - although there are a few events that straddle behavioral conflicts and cause the reader to question his/her own opinions on various issues. Can't say more without spoiling. I also had a hard time relating to the two main women because their names seemed to me to be so archaic and I couldn't connect with them as modern, attractive, contemporary women. What's in a name? Plenty! I also couldn't tell them apart, and I was always confusing their story lines; oddly, for protagonists they didn't seem as meticulously portrayed as some of the other characters.
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By Leslie Butterfield on 08-11-10
I enjoyed this book by Kate Racculia, especially her character development. The story is relatively complex in that it weaves from relationship to relationship yet brings them all together well. It's not violent or disturbing but shows the highs and lows of the human experience.
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