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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Gersen Narrator: Chris Andrew Ciulla Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780062561527
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The heart of Friday Night Lights meets the emotional resonance and nostalgia of My So-Called Life in this utterly moving debut novel about tradition, family, love, and football.

As the high school football coach in his small rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole—the beloved town sweetheart—he seemed to have it all—until his troubled wife committed suicide. Now, everything Dean thought he knew about his life and the people in it is thrown off kilter as Nicole’s death forces him to re-evaluate all of his relationships, including those with his team and his three children.

Dean’s eleven-year-old son Robbie is acting withdrawn, and running away from school to the local pizza parlor. Bry, who is only eight, is struggling to understand his mother’s untimely death. And nineteen-year-old Stephanie has just left for Swarthmore and is torn between her new identity as a rebellious, sophisticated college student, her responsibility towards her brothers, and feeling like she is still just a little girl who misses her mom. As Dean struggles to continue to lead his team to victory in light of his overwhelming personal loss, he must fix his fractured family—and himself. And what he discovers along the way is that he’ll never view the world in the same way again.

Transporting you to the heart of small town America, Home Field is an unforgettable, poignant story about the pull of the past and the power of forgiveness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a deeply felt novel that both moved and entertained me, and I didn’t want to stop reading it. An auspicious debut by a talented and wise writer.”

    Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Readers will recognize in Dean’s final poise something of the wisdom gained through forgiveness. A memorable dive into the turbid depths beneath the deceptive simplicity of sports’ Ws and Ls.”


  • “A book that simmers rather than burns, its quiet power comes from its meticulous attention to the details of grief…Gersen’s characters are so full, so gently flawed, and so deeply human that it’s nearly impossible to resist falling into their world, with all its sorrow and all its subtle joy. A moving all-American family saga; fiction’s answer to Friday Night Lights.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is Friday Night Lights on the mid-Atlantic but one degree deeper as Home Field breathlessly plunges the reader into tragedy. A tender, touching, unforgettable read, it reminds us just how quickly our lives can change and how family—no matter how we define it—is the net that helps us land. You won’t put this book down until everyone in Home Field has made it safely home.”

    Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie

  • “In Hannah Gersen’s elegant first novel, Home Field, she delicately renders a portrait of a grieving family torn apart by suicide. With a quiet narrative hand she delves into the murky aftermath, where a widowed father falters, and his children must seek out answers with near tragic results. Gersen’s writing walks a lyrical tightrope that is both frightening and redemptive. She understands that as parents, no matter the depth of our love, we are obstructed by our own limitations, sometimes with heartbreaking consequences. In Home Field, Gersen uncovers the unflinching truths in families that wound and somehow, miraculously, save us.”

    Robin Antalek, author of The Grown Ups

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About the Author

Hannah Gersen was born in Maine and grew up in western Maryland. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her writing has been published in the New York Times, Granta, and The Southern Review, among others. Home Field is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

About the Narrator

Chris Andrew Ciulla, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a credited actor, host, voice actor, producer, boxing commentator/analyst, and radio personality. In addition to frequent film, television, and on-camera commercial work, he has voiced characters for the popular video game titles Fallout 4 and Mafia III and can be heard in national commercial campaigns. A versatile performer with over fifteen years of experience, he has dedicated his life to entertaining people.