If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Already
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If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Already

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Back in the days of Ronald Reagan's America, those far-from-innocent days of nostalgic rot and willful illusion, small-town life was thought to be simple, pure, the source of all decent values, and the home of true hearts and ever helpful neighbors who bear each other's burdens. James McGrath, a church musician who has just destroyed his personal life and his career through an act of catastrophic stupidity, believes this nonsense just long enough to flee a city he loves. Hoping to heal, he goes to live with his father in a tiny town on the Canadian border. He finds what fools have always found: truths more ordinary and more bitter than he wants to accept and a life more impoverished and antagonistic than he imagined. Descending into this bleak reality, like Jesus in the wilderness, James must face and answer the question: what do we live by? He makes some friends, falls in and out of love, rediscovers his art, and eventually finds a way back into his life. But it's not a smooth journey, and it comes with a price.

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Published 19 September 2019
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EAN13 9781532688508
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IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME ALREADY
IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME ALREADY
a novel of rural life in the 1980s
CORDELL STRUG
YTTERLI PRESS 2017
This is a work of fiction. The characters, locations, and events are figments of the au thor’s imagination. Resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Resource Publications A division of Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Already By Strug, Cordell Copyright©2017 by Strug, Cordell ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-8848-5 Publication date 4/12/2019 Previously published by Ytterli Press, 2017
Part titles are taken from the hymn “For All the Saints,” verses 1, 2, 4, 6, 7.
Copyright © 2017 by Cordell Strug All rights reserved. ISBN 9780989327046
Published by Ytterli Press 2211 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108 (651)6458405
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number applied for. Printed in the United States of America Book design and cover by Sylvia Ruud
For all children and parents at war with each other, and all the country children who grew up to love cities.
Our hearts are restless until they rest in you. —Augustine
The heart has its reasons which reason does not know. —Pascal
PART ONE before the world 3
PART TWO in the darkness drear 35
PART THREE we feebly struggle 99
PART FOUR within your great design 169
PART FIVE sweet is the calm 207
PART SIX a yet more glorious day 233
PART ONE before the world