Going Home Again by Dennis BockGoing Home Again by Dennis Bock

Going Home Again

byDennis Bock

Hardcover | August 2, 2013

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A wrenching and dramatic story that explores the fabric of family: sibling rivalries, marriages on the rocks, hurt children, midlife crises-in short, modern life

When Charlie Bellerose reunites with his flamboyant brother Nate, after two decades apart, their youthful rivalry seems forgotten. Drawn together again by their failed marriages, trying to survive in a world of long-distance parenting and hopeful reunions, they begin to imagine that they can be a new family of sorts. But Charlie's chance encounter with his first love, Holly, now happily married, unravels his past and complicates his present, plunging him back to his bittersweet college days in Montreal and the fate of his best friend Miles, and forward into Nate's dangerous attraction to Holly's sixteen-year-old daughter, Riley. Yet even Charlie, with all he now knows about his brother, cannot foresee the violence to come.

A novel about the mysteries of the human heart, Going Home Again is rich with the exquisite tensions between men and women as they fall in and out of love.

Dennis Bock Dennis Bock was born on Lake Ontario, in the small town of Belleville on August 28, 1964. He moved from there with his family to Oakville, just west of Toronto, when he was six. He entered the University of Western Ontario after high school, and graduated with an Honors BA in English and Philosophy. He traveled to Madrid af...
Title:Going Home AgainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.63 × 5.9 × 0.97 inPublished:August 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554680700

ISBN - 13:9781554680702

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Was an okay snapshot into the overdramatic year of someone's life. Everything seemed to be conveniently dramatic to set the mood. The nice part was throwing in real life events like the Philippines tragedy.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Going home again Pretty predictable! 3-10
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pleasure to read It seemed fitting that on Labour Day I read Dennis Bock’s labour of love, ‘Going Home Again.’ I was instantly swept into the story. It felt as though Charlie was sitting in the chair beside me; how could I not be sympathetic to his trials? He has much to figure out: the breakdown of his marriage; a severed connection with his daughter; a tragic incident from his youth that sparks to life with the appearance of a former lover. In a voice honest and convincing, we are drawn to Charlie for his sense of nobility as well as the bold contrast he strikes against his brother, Nate, a reckless, self-serving force that Charlie must deal with during his new posting in Toronto. There are many twists in the narrative, skillfully revealed at opportune moments, propelling the story forward. Backstory supplies vital details to enhance our understanding of characters’ motivations, melding past and present with a grace characteristic of Bock’s previous novels. We follow protagonist Charlie Bellerose from his university days at McGill to the far-reaching hills of the Spanish sierra, learning as we go of his unfolding relationships. We are continually surprised when our assumptions about characters and past events in Charlie’s life are proven wrong; the “oh!” experience that is always thrilling for a reader. The narrative style flows effortlessly. Moments of sheer poetry rise from the page. In this love scene: “We undressed in the light of the August moon and shared the ice until our skin and bedding were soaked through and the small, unforgettable shudders leaped between our bodies like little sparks in the night." ‘Going Home Again,’ teaches us about the power of reconciliation and the importance of family. Charlie shows a true commitment to his daughter, their relationship a force in the storyline that holds the reader captive. If and how he might find his way home sustains the reader’s suspense through the escalating final chapters where events take a sudden tragic turn. ‘Going Home Again’ was a pleasure to read and stayed with me days after. I look forward to future novels from Dennis Bock.
Date published: 2013-09-13

Editorial Reviews

?A tense, riveting, beautifully layered novel, Going Home Again is an exquisite story of a complex and troubled family. Dennis Bock is a superb writer.?
? Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo ()