This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

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A sudden death, a never-mailed postcard, and a longburied secret set the stage for a luminous and heartbreakingly real novel about lost souls finding one another

The Darby-Jones boardinghouse in Ruby Falls, New York, is home to Mona Jones and her daughter, Oneida, two loners and self-declared outcasts who have formed a perfectly insular family unit: the two of them and the three eclectic boarders living in their house. But their small, quiet life is upended when Arthur Rook shows up in the middle of a nervous breakdown, devastated by the death of his wife, carrying a pink shoe box containing all his wife's mementos and keepsakes, and holding a postcard from sixteen years ago, addressed to Mona but never sent. 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 how 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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010.
ISBN: 9780805092301
Characteristics: x, 350 p. ;,25 cm.


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Feb 10, 2011

Told from several points of view, which is done with clarity. There are so many surprises in this novel, it was difficult to put down.

Of note are several great alternative music references.

Also, there was a neat passage describing In N Out which made me feel nostalgic.

Jan 08, 2011

I liked this story - especially the character Mona. Her sense of humor and compassion for her daughter made it an enjoyable read.

Nov 16, 2010

This Must Be The Place
Kate Raccullia

This is Raccullia first novel. It is about the secret left behind by a woman after her death in an accident and the grief of her husband, the widower Arthur Rook. After finding a 16 year old postcard his wife had never mailed, he starts his journey that will take him from California to a small town New York, in search of understanding his wife's past. The address is a boardinhouse owned by Mona Jones, her old time best girlfriend and her daughter Oneida. The search turns into a nightmare of sorts, bringing lots of new surprises not only to Arthur, but also to Mona and her daughter, who is dealing with her own issues.
The final chapters are the best revealing the long awaited disclosure.

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