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Spanning the years from 1935 to 2010, Are We Home Yet? is the moving and funny story of a girl and her mother.

As a girl, Katy accidentally discovers her mother is earning money as a sex worker at the family home, rupturing their bond. As an adult, Katy contends with grief and mental health challenges before she and her mother attempt to heal their relationship. From Canada, to Leeds and Jamaica, and exploring shame, immigration and class, the pair shares their stories but struggles to understand each other’s choices in a fast-changing world.

By revealing their truths, can these two strong women call a truce on their hostilities and overcome the oppressive ghosts of the past?

©2020 Katy Massey (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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slow paced, reflective and thoughtful

I read this is stages, nice bedtime reading for still quieter moments. I enjoyed the perspective of biracial identity from the perspective of one immerged within white British culture as opposed to that of their black heritage. I don't believe it is a story other heard. the ongoing turmoil between mother and daughter, the pattern of heartbreak and atonement was crushing an therapeutic. I found the audible reading somewhat slow and would have enjoyed more stories of mam and the brothel but perhaps this is all the author wishes to share.

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Wonderfully warm, but unsentimental memoir.

This is an incredibly touching and warm memoir of a childhood spent building an identity while negotiating racism, sexism, classism, mental health issues and grief. This happens in the house she grew up in in 70s/80s Leeds, with her otherwise white family, where sex work was unsuccessfully hidden from her, and then in the boarding school she escapes to, and all the way through her journey of self discovery to Canada and Jamaica, and back to her mum's house in Leeds. 

I love Massey's observations of feeling like an - often willing - outsider when she's as English (and Leeds) as Marks and Spencer. She's an unsentimental observer, and what she describes is often difficult, but the love and warmth for the places and people around her always comes through in the writing. 

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Sensitively written and clever work

I really enjoyed this book, amazing way to read such a complex and interesting story. Well done Katy.

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Beautifully written account of identity and belonging

Honest, heartwarming and beautifully written account permeated with both pathos and dark humour . This poignant account of the authors reflection on belonging in a country that often gives messages of rejection whilst making sense of her own identity and relationships made me laugh, smile and cry. Hearing it in the authors voice was a nice touch - it’s a story made to be told