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This Must Be the Place

A Novel

By Kate Racculia

This Must Be the Place
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  • Hardcover: Jul 2010,
    368 pages.
    Paperback: Jul 2011,
    384 pages.

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A story of powerful friendship, a lost love, and a secret that, if revealed, could change everything - suitable for adults and teens

This Must Be the Place is so well put together, so gentle and surprising, it makes me kick myself that I don't pick up debut novels more often.  The tone is funny and generous – youthful and hip without the trendy bite.  Kate Racculia has put together an interesting mix of themes. Meditations on family, identity, romance, and creativity swirl around a compelling set of relationships, many of which come about by proximity rather than by design.  The boarding house is a great setting in which to explore the characters, to work through struggles of love and rattle the skeletons in the closet.  The Darby-Jones inhabitants make up a multi-generational ensemble, and I can imagine mothers and teenage daughters alike relating to the relationships played out here. Romance is dealt with, but with a light touch (no genre-bound steaminess to cringe over).  ...

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