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Home Sweet Home

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[A] riveting epic drama [which] follows the Kusek family from New York City to America's heartland, where they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder. Calvin Kusek, a WWII pilot and attorney, and his wife, Betsy, escape the 1950s conformity of New York City to relocate to a close-knit town in South Dakota. They settle on a ranch and Betsy becomes a visiting nurse, befriending a quirky assortment of rural characters. Their children, Jo and her brother Lance, grow up caring for animals and riding rodeo. Life isn't easy, but it is full and rewarding. When a seat in the State Assembly becomes available, Cal jumps at the chance to repay the community and serves three popular terms. Things change when Cal runs for the U.S. Senate. The FBI investigates Betsy, and a youthful dalliance with the Communist Party surfaces to haunt the Kuseks. Mass hysteria takes over, inflamed by Cal's political enemies. Driven by fear and hate, their neighbors turn, condemning them as enemies and spies. The American Dream falls apart overnight as the Kuseks try to protect their children from the nightmare that follows. The family is vindicated in a successful libel lawsuit, but the story doesn't end there: years later, Lance Kusek and his wife and son are brutally attacked, and the mystery then unfolds as to who committed this coldblooded murder, and are they related to the stunning events of decades earlier?
Cal was a World War II pilot and an attorney; his wife, Betsy, was a worker's advocate. In 1950, they escaped the political hysteria of New York City, moving to a town in South Dakota. Jo and her younger brother, Lance, were inseparable. A seat in the State Assembly became available and Cal jumped at the chance to serve the community that had taken them in. When Cal runs for US Senate, the FBI investigates Betsy, and a youthful dalliance with the Communist Party surfaces. Driven by fear and hate, the Kuseks' neighbors condemn them as enemies and spies. Christmas Eve, 1985. Lance and his son are attacked and his wife is killed. Is this related to malicious events of decades earlier?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large Print ed.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410497369
Branch Call Number: SMITH A LP
Characteristics: 637 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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Feb 27, 2018

This is a hokey book. I can see that the dialogue would seem that way as much of the story starts in 1950. However even the narrative seems dated and overdone to the point where I just want to scream. Way too much useless detail, won't continue after reading several chapters.

Mar 11, 2017

Very conflicted about this book. The characters are realistic and interesting. the settings are well described. the plot seems worthwhile. But, there is little action. I'm 1/2 way through the book(p 139) and little has happened!!!! Given an infinite amount of time would continue, but the lack of action leaves me with many things more pressing. Seems to me this would be a GREAT book at half the length!


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