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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Girl in Pieces comes a stunning novel that Vanity Fair calls “impossibly moving” and “suffused with light”. In this raw, deeply personal story, a teenaged girl struggles to find herself amidst the fallout of her brother's addiction in a town ravaged by the opioid crisis.

For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one - the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey's drug habit was. 

Four months later, Emmy's junior year is starting, Joey is home from rehab, and the entire town of Mill Haven is still reeling from the accident. Everyone's telling Emmy who she is, but so much has changed, how can she be the same person? Or was she ever that person at all? 

Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy's beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be "cured", the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many "ghostie" addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is - it might be time to decide for herself.

A journey of one sister, one brother, one family, to finally recognize and love each other for who they are, not who they are supposed to be, You'd Be Home Now is Kathleen Glasgow's glorious and heartbreaking story about the opioid crisis, and how it touches all of us.

©2021 Kathleen Glasgow (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“Necessary, important, honest, loving, and true.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

“The narrative presents a nuanced look at a family trying to keep their loved ones safe and the toll that addiction takes on all of its members…A heartbreaking yet important story.” (SLJ, starred review) 

"Compassionately illustrates the profound power of love...[a] remarkable and engrossing novel of life’s balance and imbalance between struggle and joy." (Booklist, starred review)

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deep story, wonderful narrator preformance!

It was a good story that had deep meaning that touched me personally. I especially enjoyed the narrator's performance! There were some parts in it that made me cry, and parts in it that made me think about my own life. I appreciate that this story was something I could listen to as I learn to stand on my own two feet. :)

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Another MUST READ By Kathleen Glasgow

Wow! This book kept my interest the entire time, I'm 48yrs old and I spent 25yrs in active addiction. I started dabbling in this & that when I was 13yrs old.
This book was absolutely amazing, very well written and the story line kept me very interested.
Although this book was fiction, it was could have very well have been about someone, anyone knows. I love how she wrote the book from Emory's point of view, it shows how a loved one of an addict feels, what they may be going through.
Kathleen Glasgow hit it out of the park with this book. I love that she wrote about a subject that, alot of people are still in denial of, Addiction.
Addiction is everywhere and it effects everyone it touches, not just the addict. And I hope that with this book it starts (or continues) a conversation about addiction and mental health. There are some absolutely great resources out there, however there are not enough.
I am a huge fan of Kathleen Glasgow, and I wasn't disappointed with this book. I definitely recommend this one to anyone of any age ;)

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Compelling narration and story

Could not stop listening to this book. The characters are distinct and sound authentic. Her voice embodies the personality of all of the characters.

The book covers some hard topics in a very relatable way for teens. I’m getting a copy of it for a few teens and parents of teens.

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Great for all ages - compassion and understanding of drug addiction

Well narrated, story well told and will have my teens read. Enjoyed it thoroughly and the story although common was a fresh perspective. Highly recommend

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I love it

Beautiful crafted and wonderful it’s such a powerful beautiful book I love it so much