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Summary

Miren and Bittori have been best friends all their lives, growing up in the same small town in the north of Spain. With limited interest in politics, the terrorist threat posed by ETA seems to affect them little. When Bittori’s husband starts receiving threatening letters from the violent group, however - demanding money, accusing him of being a police informant - she turns to her friend for help. But Miren’s loyalties are torn: her son Joxe Mari has just been recruited to the group as a terrorist, and to denounce them as evil would be to condemn her own flesh and blood. Tensions rise, relationships fracture and events race towards a violent, tragic conclusion.... 

Fernando Aramburu’s Homeland is a gripping story and devastating exploration of the meaning of family, friendship, what it’s like to live in the shadow of terrorism and how countries and their people can possibly come to terms with their violent pasts.

©2019 Penguin Random House LLC (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that was so persuasive and moving, so intelligently conceived." (Mario Vargas Llosa) 

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A really enjoyable yet thought provoking book, set against the backdrop of ETA along with all the trials and tribulations it brought to families on all sides of the conflict. It explores the power of family ties and friendships. Definitely recommend.

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What a beautiful novel. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so strongly emotionally attached to characters in a book. Excellent story and a fascinating look at ETA conflict from the view of both victims and perpetrators of the violence. Wonderful

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poor story gave up 1/4 way through , narrator was depressing, had to find another book to cheer myself up!

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  • 24-05-21

Wonderful!

The story keeps you there, although this is not a short book. The narration ... it is a masterpiece.
Wonderful! I highly enjoyed this book

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  • 13-10-19

Very good

The story very interesting, the performance excellent, I liked it,overall,very much, and I recommend it!!!