Simon & Schuster
On Sale: August 14, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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Literature and Fiction
From Emma Hooper, critically acclaimed author of Etta and
Otto and Russell and James, a People magazine
“Pick of the Week,” comes a lyrical, charming, and mystical
story of a family on the edge of extinction, and the
different way each of them fights to keep hope, memory, and
The Connor family is one of the few that is still left in
their idyllic fishing village, Big Running; after the fish
mysteriously disappeared, most families had no choice but to
relocate and find work elsewhere. Aidan and Martha Connor
now spend alternate months of the year working at an energy
site up north to support their children, Cora and Finn. But
soon the family fears they’ll have to leave Big Running for
good. And as the months go on, plagued by romantic
temptations new and old, the emotional distance between the
once blissful Aidan and Martha only widens.
Between his accordion lessons and reading up on Big
Running’s local flora and fauna, eleven-year-old Finn Connor
develops an obsession with solving the mystery of the
missing fish. Aided by his reclusive music instructor Mrs.
Callaghan, Finn thinks he may have discovered a way to find
the fish, and in turn, save the only home he’s ever known.
While Finn schemes, his sister Cora spends her days
decorating the abandoned houses in Big Running with global
flair—the baker’s home becomes Italy; the mailman’s,
Britain. But it’s clear she’s desperate for a bigger life
beyond the shores of her small town. As the streets of Big
Running continue to empty Cora takes matters—and her
family’s shared destinies—into her own hands.
In Our Homesick Songs, Emma Hooper paints a gorgeous
portrait of the Connor family, brilliantly weaving together
four different stories and two generations of Connors, full
of wonder and hope. Told in Hooper’s signature ethereal
style, each page of this incandescent novel glows with
mythical, musical wonder.
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