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A slightly grim tale of 12-year-old Virginia, known as Rusty, who returns to her family in England in 1945 after five years in America, and finds huge difficulty in settling in (to her mother's distress, she refers to America as "back home"n hence the title) and then faces further trauma of a repressive boarding school and her parents' disintegrating marriage. Oddly paced in places, but has the courage of its convictions.

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minny
Aug. 18th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
My English teacher tried to make us read that at school but the class was so bored with it he actually allowed us to give up on the book. He had been away for a week and when he came back he asked us what we'd covered in the book. Someone glumly replied, "They were dyeing curtains" and he twigged that we were not that impressed by it. When you're 13 and you have no authority whatsoever, it's amazing when a teacher actually reacts to what you want. /unsolicited anecdote
nwhyte
Aug. 18th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, the curtains seemed to get dyed a couple of times, less interestingly each time...
strange_complex
Aug. 18th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Ah, I read this at school! I'd have had no idea what it was called or who it was by without your post, but I remember it quite vividly now you've jogged my memory (including the curtain-dyeing). I quite enjoyed it, actually, although I can't remember much about the trauma or how it all ends up.
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