Elsey Come Home




      Elsey Come Home
From the widely praised author of Paris Was the Place a shattering new novel that bravely delves into the darkest corners of addiction, marriage, and motherhood.When Elsey s husband, Lukas, hands her a brochure for a weeklong mountain retreat, she knows he is really giving her an ultimatum Go, or we re done Once a successful painter, Elsey set down roots in China after falling passionately for Lukas, the tall, Danish MC at a warehouse rave in downtown Beijing Now, with two young daughters and unable to find a balance between her identities as painter, mother, and, especially, wife, Elsey fills her days worrying, drinking, and descending into desperate unhappiness So, brochure in hand, she agrees to go and confront the ghosts of her past There, she meets a group of men and women who will forever alter the way she understands herself from Tasmin, another much richer expat, to Hunter, a young man whose courage endangers them all, and, most important, Mei wife of one of China s most famous artists and a renowned painter herself with whom Elsey quickly forges a fierce friendship and whose candidness about her pain helps Elsey understand her own But Elsey must risk tearing herself and Lukas further apart when she decides she must return to her childhood home the center of her deepest pain before she can find her way back to him Written in a voice at once wry, sensual, blunt, and hypnotic, Elsey Come Home is a modern odyssey and a quietly dynamic portrait of contemporary womanhood. Download Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley – heartforum.co.uk

Susan Conley is the author of Elsey Come Home Knopf, January 2019 , a Library Journal Pre Pub Alert pick for JanuaryKirkus writes that the novel illustrates the power of storytelling as a process for healing What entices and endures here is the voice dreamy, meditative, hypnotic, and very real Susan is also the author of Paris Was the Place Knopf, August 2013 , anFall Big Books Pick for fiction, an Indie Next Pick, an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Pick, and a People magazine Top Pick Susan s memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune Knopf 2011 , was excerpted in the New York Times Magazine and the Daily Beast It was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick of the Month, a Slate Magazine Book of the Week and a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award It won the Maine Literary Award for Memoir Other work of hers has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review and elsewhere Susan Conley has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, and the Massachusetts Arts Council A former faculty member at Emerson College, she has also taught at Colby College and Simmons College She currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast MFA Program, and is the co founder of The Telling Room, a nonprofit creative writing lab in Portland, Maine, where she leads a variety of workshops.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 256 pages
  • Elsey Come Home
  • Susan Conley
  • English
  • 17 November 2018

10 thoughts on “ Elsey Come Home

  1. Britta Böhler says:

    Not a terrible book but, how can I put it, a bit boring.

  2. Barbara says:

    Elsey Come Home is a quiet, meditative novel about an artist mother who struggles to find balance in her life In fact, she s going through a bit of a mid life breakdown in trying to be not only a great artist but a devoted mom and wife.Elsey tells her story in first person It s not a linear story, rather a reflection of her life and how she got to where she is right now on a retreat in a small mountain town in China that her husband borderline forced her to go Elsey is originally from Elsey Come Home ...

  3. Dan says:

    Susan Conley s Elsey Come Home revolves around alcoholism, marriage, and motherhood Maine born and bred Elsey lives in Beijing with Lukas, her Danish electronic musician husband and their two young daughters Elsey tells us that I didn t know how to be in a marriage A real marriage I m not sure he did, eitherOnce a commercially successful artist represented by no less than Saatchi, Elsey has stopped painting Her recovery from thyroid surgery and her recurring arm pain sap her Susan Conley s Elsey Come Home revolves around alcoholism, marriage, and motherhood Maine born and bred Elsey lives in Beijing with Lukas, her Danish electronic musician husband and their two young dau...

  4. Bonnie Brody says:

    Elsey is a woman who is fearful of intimacy and goes so far as to lie or dissociate rather than deal with her emotions She was once a fairly well known and respected artist who sold her work regularly However, after marrying Lukas and having children, she feels like she can t be both a mother and an artist Instead, she drinks.and then drinks someLukas is beside himself, as the children have grown frightened and often neglected He strongly suggests that Elsey go on a retreat to Elsey is a woman who is fearful of intimacy and goes so far...

  5. Jill says:

    There s something about Elsey you re bound to like.She s vulnerable and open, wry and perceptive, refreshingly blunt and self deprecating but most of all, she s hurting up a storm When we first meet her, she is about to venture forth on a week long mountain retreat, a chance for participants to reinvent themselves It s a veiled ultimatum from her husband Lucas, who is almost at the end of his rope from her drinking issues Elsey s fear is that if she goes, she and Lucas may never find each There s something about Elsey you re bound to like.She s vulnerable and open, wry and perceptive, refreshingly blunt and self deprecating but most of all, she s hurting up a storm When we first meet her, she is about to venture forth on a week long mountain retreat, a chance for participants to reinvent themselves It s a veiled ultimatum from her husband Lucas, who is almost at the end of his rope from her drinking issues Elsey s fear is that if she goes, she and Lucas may never find each other again.Elsey Come Home is a sparse novel narrated by a character with a straightforward yet hypnotic voice, who doesn t shy away from confessing that she s at an important life juncture As a mother who isn t quite sure how to parent, a painter who may be losing her muse, a wife who loves her husband but keeps disappointing him, and most of all, an addict who can t quite face that alcohol is taking over her life, Elsey needs fixing fast.What elevates this n...

  6. Megan Dittrich-Reed says:

    I just couldn t get into this book The premise sounded interesting, but the author s style really put me off There was so much telling without showing, scenes that should have been imbued with emotion fell flat, the plot wandered here and there, the characters were all ill defined, and, ultimately, not much really happened.I know at the beginning of the book, the author was keeping Elsey remote from the other characters, and the reader, because she was using her alcoholism to escape from I just couldn t get into this book The premise sounded interesting, but the author s style really put me off There was so much telling without showing, scenes that should have been imbued with emotion fell flat, the plot wandered here and there, the characters were al...

  7. Cherise Wolas says:

    Elsey is not fully inhabiting her life or her skin She s American, from Maine, and living in Beijing with her husband Lukas, a successful electronic music composer and DJ, and their two young daughters, Myla and Elisabeth Once a successful painter, we are dropped into her world as she s grappling or not grappling with her drinking problem, her unresolved grief over the loss of her younger sister in childhood, and her husband s desire to fix their marriage Seemingly always quiet, she has gone Elsey is not fully inhabiting her life or her skin She s American, from Maine, and living in Beijing with her husband Lukas, a successful electronic music composer and DJ, and their two young daughters, Myla and Elisabeth Once a successful painter, we are dropp...

  8. BookGypsy says:

    Once a successful painter, Elsey can t find the joy she once felt in life Married with two children, Elsey drowns herself in alcohol and can t find her place as artist, wife and mother When her husband gives her a brochure for a mountain retreat she knows she has to go Once at the retreat Elsey meets people and finally understands what she has to do to find happiness A really great story Multi layered plot I really enjoyed this.I was give a copy from the publisher for my honest review.Dawn Once a successful painter, Elsey can t find the joy she once felt in life Married with two children, Elsey drowns herself in alcohol and can t find her place as artist, wife and mother When her husband gives her a brochure for a mountain retreat she knows she has to go Once at the retreat Elsey meets people and finally understands what she has to do t...

  9. Julia says:

    this book only got somewhat interesting towards the end, but it was a hard read because it was simply too boring and i skimmed a lot of chapters, which didn t affect my ability to follow along at all since nothing incredibly pressing ever happened in the plot.

  10. Jennifer says:

    She s a wife, a mother, an artist who doesn t believe in herself When her husband Lukas tells her about a retreat called Shashan, she leaves her family for a week of rediscovering herself, waiting for that moment when she is fixed from her demons Here s an excerpt that really struck me I worked hard then to remember Lukas loved me and my girls loved me and that I wasn t being punished I was being helped I stayed caught between being weak and being helped and in this way Shashan called on She s a wife, a mother, an artist who doesn t believe in herself When her husband Lukas tells her about a retreat called Shashan, she leaves her family for a week of rediscovering herself, waiting for that moment when she is fixed from her demons Here s an excerpt that really struck me I worked hard then to remember Lukas loved me and my girls loved me an...

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