Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Trailer Park Tuesday: The Home Place by Carrie La Seur

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

Carrie La Seur's debut novel is set in central Montana and the book trailer for The Home Place takes full advantage of that rural windswept beauty in its two minutes.  As the author explains in her voice-over, "There are places in Montana where you have to travel hundreds of miles for medical care, for the most basic services, and what happens out on those homesteads, those home places, can make for for some very good stories."  According to Cathy Langer of the Tattered Cover Book Store, The Home Place has plenty of story to spare:
“A successful attorney living in a Seattle high-rise, Alma Terrebonne has distanced herself from her rural Montana roots and pushed painful adolescent memories and troubled family members as far away as she can manage. At the opening of The Home Place, Carrie La Seur’s gripping debut novel, Alma is jolted from her fast-paced, comfortable life when she hears the news of her younger sister’s sudden death. Back in Billings Alma must grapple with her sister’s demons, fight a predatory coal company and ultimately face issues that she has been running away from for years. Any novel of the West worth its salt honors the landscape as a character shaper and a character itself. The sweep of the land, the bitter winter cold and the endless sky populate The Home Place as memorably as its many quirky, troubled, compelling and very human residents. I loved The Home Place, a deeply satisfying page turner filled with heart, human foible and a transcendent link to the land.”
The Home Place is in the batter's box on my To-Be-Read list.  With a trailer as evocative as this one is, I think you'll be making the novel one of your must-reads for this year, too.

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