Homebody: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | January 7, 1999

byOrson Scott Card

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Damaged Houses

A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit--giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.

Damaged Souls

Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?

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A drifter who fixes up old homes in various towns to resell them for profit finally stops wandering in Greensboro, North Carolina. Don Lark has been moving for quite some time now, trying to flee thought of his wife and daughter’s death. Homebody takes an awful turn for Lark when an apparent welcome from Greensboro folk goes cold after...

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Damaged HousesA master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit--giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.Damaged SoulsThen in a quiet Southern t...

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Don Lark's cheery name belies his tragic past. When his alcoholic ex-wife killed their daughter in a car wreck, he retreated from the sort of settled, sociable lifestyle one takes for granted. Only the prospect of putting a roof over other people's heads seems to comfort Lark, and he goes from town to town, looking for dilapidated hous...

" Orson Scott Card has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction, among them the Ender series and The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and four children. "

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.12 inPublished:January 7, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light Summer Reading While not up to Card's usual fine story-telling, Homebody is nonetheless an entertaining, light summer read, albeit it somewhat predictable, with somewhat '50s cardboard characters.
Date published: 2008-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ridiculous I had read Card's excellent Ender saga, then tried his other stuff. First was the somewhat disappointing Lost Boys, then I read this, an utterly ridiculous story, that... I don't know how to express my problems with this book without ruining the ending for those who want to read this. Let's put it this way, the entire ending sequence, along with several sequences throughout the book, were just so bizarre and flat-out ridiculous that I wanted to put the book down and never pick it up again. I did, however, finish it. But that was because I was on a long car ride with no book store in sight. I would never read it again.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mlah! Awesome book with a weird ending. I expected more from Scott but excellent writing none the less.
Date published: 2004-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta read it! If you are an Orson Scott Card fan, this is a great Haunted House book with a twist. Look out Stephen King!
Date published: 1999-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Homebody Don Lark, running from the pain of his lost family, finds a wreck of a house and begins restoring it - only to find that there is a power within its walls that will alternately terrify and tempt him. Haunted houses are old hat, but Card adds a new twist that makes the story fresh and interesting. The story zags in directions you weren't expecting, and the characters are all quite vivid. A good read from a great talent. Will appeal to fans of Stephen King, John Saul and Dean Koontz.
Date published: 1999-06-15

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A drifter who fixes up old homes in various towns to resell them for profit finally stops wandering in Greensboro, North Carolina. Don Lark has been moving for quite some time now, trying to flee thought of his wife and daughter’s death. Homebody takes an awful turn for Lark when an apparent welcome from Greensboro folk goes cold after he discovers a series of tunnels under the old house he’s moved into. Orson Scott Card reinvigorates the haunted house tale when Lark pushes for the truth.