The Goodbye House

The Goodbye House In the aftermath of the early s dot com bust the people of San Jose California face a changing landscape of lost dreams and careers gone awry It s in this setting that Katherine Watson a forty

  • Title: The Goodbye House
  • Author: Lawrence Coates
  • ISBN: 9780874179811
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the aftermath of the early 2000s dot com bust, the people of San Jose, California, face a changing landscape of lost dreams and careers gone awry It s in this setting that Katherine Watson, a forty seven year old event planner and mother of two, moves back into her childhood home with her teenage son, Carter They live with her aging father, who is undergoing palliativIn the aftermath of the early 2000s dot com bust, the people of San Jose, California, face a changing landscape of lost dreams and careers gone awry It s in this setting that Katherine Watson, a forty seven year old event planner and mother of two, moves back into her childhood home with her teenage son, Carter They live with her aging father, who is undergoing palliative care for prostate cancer Katherine s husband, Scott, has gone missing after his risky investments failed and they were forced to sell their dream home In this multigenerational family story, Katherine, Carter, and Scott all try to navigate an evolving world in the Golden State that doesn t seem quite so golden any longer Scott returns and hopes to restore and recreate their past happiness, Katherine contemplates divorce and explores new love along the way, and Carter works to find a place for himself in a new school among classmates who are hostile to him The characters fervently chase their dreams across Silicon Valley and beyond, from the gleaming office parks of Cupertino to a self help seminar on the Las Vegas Strip and an underfunded high school theater production of The Tempest The one element tying them all together is the house of the title, a 1950s tract home that once represented happiness and now holds the family close in its protective embrace, until, in the end, even this constant changes.

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    About " Lawrence Coates "

  • Lawrence Coates

    Hello.I ve been teaching Creative Writing for nearly twenty years, and I ve been writing for as long as I can remember I write fiction set in Northern California, where I grew up I want to write stories that have deep roots, that always see the present as connected to the past, and that are concerned with the fate of place as well as with the fate of people.I ve been teaching Creative Writing in Ohio for some time now, but I m still writing about the part of California that feels like home to me the East Bay, the Silicon Valley, the Monterey Bay Area My fourth novel, The Goodbye House, was published in the fall of 2015 I also had a novella coming out in 2015 entitled Camp Olvido.My first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award in fiction and was chosen for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program My second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003, and my third novel, The Garden of the World, was published in 2012 You can find information on my work at lawrencecoates You can also find my blog on the techniques of literary fiction, The Formalist Fiction Writer, at lawrencecoates.wordpress.Thanks,Lawrence

  • 206 Comments

  • Quick read. Hard to put down. Engrossing characters. Interesting plot. I had an idea of what was going to happen to the characters at the end, but there wasn't much resolution. Much like in life, we need to keep going to find out the ending. Unlike in science-fiction and fantasy, literature such as this can end how it wants, and leave us wanting for more, thinking about it always, and feeling how we do.


  • I liked this book overall. Such a believable story of a marriage imploding in the post 200o's boom in Santa Clara County (CA). Love all the references to local places, some of them thinly veiled (which was fun!). But the ending was very unsatisfying, like the author needed a few more chapters. I didn't want or need an epilogue. But I got to the end, an just said "oh. Now what?". I would give this author another try. I did enjoy his character development.


  • A compassionately observed, wryly funny, and deeply believable tale of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s. I only wished it had gone on longer. I loved this book from beginning to end!




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