There are times when we'd all like to disown our family.
But when the going got tough, Grace did it for real, leaving her family and even her lover behind.
With a lovely house, a new boyfriend and her family safely tucked in the past, everything seems perfect.
Until Grace discovers that her estranged father is dying.
Now she must decide whether to stay in her cosy new world, or return to face the wrath of her abandoned siblings and the wiles of an evil stepmother ...A FIELD GUIDE TO BURYING YOUR PARENTS is a heartbreakingly funny story about life, loss and what it really means to come home.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 12/11/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340962152
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Review by f_ing_kangaroo
It’s been five years since Grace, mired in grief after her mother’s death, up and walked away from her life. But her siblings are done with quietly waiting for her to come back because the father who left them, in a similar fashion twenty years previously, has suffered a serious stroke and it’s all hands on deck time. Grace navigates the equally murky waters of forgiveness, both giving and receiving, and grief and finally finds a way to move on.I received an advanced copy of this through Early Reviewers and I really loved it. I was already a fan of her previous novel, Seeing Me Naked, and this is another winner.I like that Palmer’s heroines are flawed but not hopelessly so. I also liked how the smallest things could send Grace, and consequently the reader, reeling back into the memories. And I find that Palmer always strikes the right balance between seriousness and humor. She really makes me laugh.I still dislike her titles, though.
Review by Twink
I first discovered Liza Palmer when I read her debut novel Conversations with the Fat Girl. Chick lit with charm that I really enjoyed. So I was looking forward to reading A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents - and I wasn't disappointed.Grace's father took off when she was young and her mother raised her and her three siblings single handed. And did a great job. But when Grace was thirty her beloved mother was killed unexpectedly. Grace can't handle it and takes off, literally leaving everything behind. A devoted boyfriend, her two brothers and sister. For five years she has no contact with them. Until her sister calls and says that their father - the one who left them - is dying and needs to see them. What follows is an absolutely charming tale of the tenacity of family bonds. How far they'll stretch and how much strength they really have. Palmer explores the complicated relationships between parent and child and between siblings with both humour and pathos. You may take a second look at some of your own family relationships. There's a delicious sub plot in the form of the evil step family that I won't giveaway. A fast read that I really couldn't put down and thoroughly enjoyed (but you might want to have a tissue handy......)
Review by Kace
I believe a love affair is in the works...some of my greatest loves have been books =)Finally!! won this months ago on Librarything, and it just arrived today, weeks into January. The first few pages have captured me. I finished this one late last night. Palmer has a magic touch when it comes to characters and tricky family dynamics. The interactions aren't heavy handed, and there are definite wow moments with the writing. It's almost got a "textured" feel to it...I just feel the moments that happen, sometimes intensely. This is no easy feat. A 35 year old woman has ran away from her family 5 years ago, something her father did years ago. She gave up the 3 siblings she was close to, heartbroken over her mothers death. she becomes this shell, not wanting to experience a love that can leave her this broken ever again.We come into the story as Grace is ordered home by her older sister, to sit vigil at their fathers hospital bed. After years of leaving and not looking backing, Grace finally does looks back.My gripes with the story are mainly character driven, or at least in the interaction of the characters. The dialogue is a bit repetitive, especially in Grace's inner thoughts and the interaction of every character with the younger brother. the ending is neat and tidy in the end. This book is definitely worth a read and I look forward to Palmers next endeavor. I love how Palmer writes. This is the second book of hers that I've dove into, Seeing Me Naked , being the first and so far favorite.