Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it’s their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children’s art, to her husband’s chagrin.
Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in — to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.
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The timeline is very challenging to follow
While listening to this audiobook, I was almost wishing I had gotten the print version instead. The timeline spans more than twenty years, and the story jumps between present and all of the other years in between. I kept have to refocus on whether the characters were their older or younger selves. It was difficult if I stopped in the middle of a chapter to remember what year it was, and I could have easily paged in a printed version to remind myself. This might have been why I didn't really connect with the characters in wanting to know their stories because they didn't seem to evolve naturally. The two main plot lines seemed ever present, but I wish that the author had done more with the hoarding theme than just making it a part of the mother's eccentricity. Overall, it kept my attention to the end, but I felt like I was really working to follow it.
The House We Grew Up In
Hoarders family members sad story. Share with family members. If written a tad better could really help children of hoarders know they are not alone