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 From the widely praised author of Paris Was the Place--a shattering new novel that bravely delves into the darkest cor...

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Title:Elsey Come Home
Author:Susan Conley
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B07CKMZMWG
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Elsey Come Home Reviews

  • Kathy
    Dec 17, 2018
    I received a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Two and a half stars. Several elements of Elsey Come Home mirror Conley's memoir The Foremost Good Fortune; Conley's experience living in China with cancer clearly inspired some of this novel. However, the novel lacks foc...
  • Vishal Katariya
    Apr 07, 2019
    Strange book but managed to get me read it quickly anyway. ...
  • Jill
    Dec 03, 2018
    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 p...
  • thewanderingjew
    Feb 07, 2019
    Elsey Come Home, Susan Conley, author; narrator, Cassandra Campbell This is a quick read, perfect for a plane ride and vacation. It examines the ?coming of age? of a woman Elsey, a painter, who should have already achieved the status of an adult. However, the death of her sister, ...
  • Jane Sloven
    Jan 21, 2019
    I read straight through Elsey Come Home, taking time out only to make notes on a slew of sentences. So many were gems?sentences that encapsulated truths or ones that open the heart. This book looks small, but it?s very, very large in so many ways. It skilfully portrays our stru...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 22, 2019
    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 re...
  • Nada
    Jan 29, 2019
    Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley is the journey of a woman struggling with addiction. In some ways, the book begins with the ending. The rest of the book is further definition how Elsey gets there. This book confuses me. Too many characters. Too many time periods. Too many details. And ...
  • Julia Jensen
    Mar 11, 2019
    As a painter I struggle with many of the same issues as the book's heroine. Artists are constantly teetering between the need for solitude and deep dives in search of one's soul and the ever present demands of relationships and family. There is also the inevitable comparison of the sel...
  • Ilene Harris
    Feb 23, 2019
    ?Elsey Come Home? what a great book, starting when Elsey?s husband Lukas hands her a brochure of a mountain retreat in Shashan for a week. Elsey is a woman with very little self worth, but was once a very successful artist, a painter, living in Beijing, China with her husband and...
  • Paltia
    Jan 29, 2019
    Elsey is a woman who, at first, thinks she can keep running away from herself. She gives up her art where all her emotions were expressed to try and be a mother. Essentially this is about unresolved grief, if grief ever resolved. More accurately it is about unexpressed grief. She feels...
  • Allen Adams
    Jan 24, 2019
    https://www.themaineedge.com/buzz/por... I?ve been a book reviewer for over a decade. As such, I have seen a lot of books cross my desk ? so many, in fact, that there?s no way that I could ever read them all. Some cuts are easy, while others are genuinely hard decisions. On...
  • Ashley
    Sep 26, 2018
    Have you ever gone shopping on an empty stomach and you can?t make any decisions? That?s what this book was like. I felt that same foggy feeling that Elsey describes throughout the entire book. It also made me want to eat chicken and dumplings, but I think that?s just me. But may...
  • Bonnie Brody
    Dec 15, 2018
    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...
  • Lynn Plourde
    Mar 07, 2019
    I loved the premise for this book, and I'm glad I finished it. But this was a slow read. It was all character and not much plot. And the problem was I didn't like the character Elsey. The alcoholism issue was my hook having alcoholics in 3 generations of my family, but the alcoholics i...
  • S.G. Wright
    Mar 17, 2019
    3.8 stars rounded up. This novel is quite a moving meditation ... about a woman who's struggling trying to balance being a wife, a parent to two young daughters, and a successful painter. She and her family are expats living in Beijing, China when her husband suggests she go on a one w...
  • Barbara
    Feb 28, 2019
    ?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...
  • Mary Lins
    Feb 18, 2019
    ?Elsey Come Home?, by Susan Conley, is Elsey?s first person account of the week she spent on a mountain yoga retreat in the mountains of China in order to become ?more user-friendly? to her family. Elsey, a successful painter, lives in Beijing with her husband and two youn...
  • Susan Walker
    Oct 04, 2018
    This story of a mother, wife and painter at a crossroads is a winner. The character of Elsey is wonderful. ...
  • Mw
    Feb 01, 2019
    I didn?t enjoy this book at all. Not sure why, as I think it had a lot of interesting elements: former artist now expat in China struggling with illness, children, marriage, her sisters long ago death, alcoholism. Odd yoga retreat. But for some reason, it never clicked. I found it di...
  • Stephanie
    Mar 02, 2019
    Thanks to Knopf for sending me a copy to review! Elsey's lost herself. An expat living in China with her husband and two young daughters, she's struggling to find balance in her new role as mother and her existing identity as a painter and person. To cope, she drinks and hides and w...
  • Cherise Wolas
    Jan 25, 2019
    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 sh...
  • Britta Böhler
    Jan 07, 2019
    Not a terrible book but, how can I put it, a bit... boring. ...
  • Jmm
    Sep 22, 2018
    This spunky and surprising book is a meditation on motherhood?what it gives and what it can take. Why we put it off and also why we embrace it. Which broken parts inside of us it can heal and which it never can. In meditating on this singular and yet nearly universal experience?in ...
  • Dan
    Feb 04, 2019
    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 r...
  • Sika
    Feb 04, 2019
    This was a beautifully written novel that I couldn?t put down. It was the kind of writing where I reread certain sentences or paragraphs several times because they put to words feelings and emotions that are very difficult to capture. It?s a novel about a woman?s personal journey...
  • BookGypsy
    Dec 13, 2018
    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 r...
  • BookGypsy
    Dec 13, 2018
    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 r...
  • Lewis Robinson
    Sep 21, 2018
    This novel is smart and wry and completely engrossing. I found myself constantly starring/underlining sentences; there are so many to savor. I loved the short chapters and the movement in time. I never once felt bored as Elsey's story unfolded. It?s economically written, though it fe...
  • Romantic Intentions Quarterly
    Jan 09, 2019
    It?s possible that there is just too much going on in this book. There is Elsey ? wry, clever, falling apart Elsey ? an artist who has lost her will to paint in the wake of motherhood. There is Elsey?s alcohol problem, which her DJ husband decides to solve by sending her to a r...
  • Isabel Blakefield
    Dec 11, 2018
    This novel wasn't at all what I anticipated. It was beautifully written and in places, it felt lyrical in other spots it was frantic and yet in others, it stopped and moved very slowly. It took me about a quarter of the book to feel like I understood what was happening. I almost stoppe...