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Macmillan Children's Book

Homestead

A Novel

Author: Melinda Moustakis; read by Ariel Blake

Homestead

Homestead

$19.99

About This Book

From NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION 5 UNDER 35 HONOREE and FLANNERY O'CONNOR AWARD WINNER Melinda Moustakis, a debut novel set in Alaska, about the turbulent marriage of two unlikely homesteaders...

On Sale
02/28/2023

Book Details

From NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION 5 UNDER 35 HONOREE and FLANNERY O'CONNOR AWARD WINNER Melinda Moustakis, a debut novel set in Alaska, about the turbulent marriage of two unlikely homesteaders

"Moustakis has OCEANS OF TALENT." --Pam Houston

"A writer who TRULY HAS EVERYTHING." --Jaimy Gordon

Anchorage, 1956. When Marie and Lawrence first lock eyes at the Moose Lodge, they are immediately drawn together. But when they decide to marry, days later, they are more in love with the promise of homesteading than anything. For Lawrence, his parcel of 150 acres is an opportunity to finally belong in a world that has never delivered on its promise. For Marie, the land is an escape from the empty future she sees spinning out before her, and a risky bet is better than none at all. But over the next few years, as they work the land in an attempt to secure a deed to their homestead, they must face everything they don’t know about each other. As the Territory of Alaska moves toward statehood and inexorable change, can Marie and Lawrence create something new, or will they break apart trying?

Immersive and wild-hearted, joyfully alive to both the intimate and the elemental, Homestead is an unflinching portrait of a new state and of the hard-fought, hard-bitten work of making a family.

Imprint Publisher

Macmillan Audio

ISBN

9781250882431

Reading Guide

In The News

“Melinda Moustakis is a writer of singular beauty, whether turning her attention to the Alaskan landscape of the intimate landscape of a marriage. Homestead is a luminous consideration of what it means for something or someone to belong to someone else, and of how fraught and tentative the labor of longing and belonging can be.”
—Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections

“I loved this book. The marriage is feral, the child-rearing frost-bitten, the betrayals and redemptions jagged as mountain peaks. In blazing, poetic prose, Moustakis brings 1950s Alaska roaring to life.”
—Kawai Strong Washburn, author of Sharks in the Time of Saviors

“To read Melinda Moustakis’s Homestead is to be swept into the Alaskan wilderness of an early marriage. Both intimate and epic, this novel questions the very meaning of origin and ownership. Moustakis writes with the hunger and heat of a pistol, the coolness of cherry wine and vanilla snow. A gorgeous feat of storytelling.”
—Rachel Swearingen, author of How to Walk on Water

“Melinda Moustakis’s evocation of place is breathtaking: reader, I doubt you will be able to finish this novel without falling in love with her Alaska, too. With Annie Proulx’s precision of detail and Ron Rash’s nuanced characterization, Moustakis’s debut marks a major literary achievement.”
—Nick White, author of How to Survive a Summer and Sweet and Low

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Homestead

Homestead

$19.99