The House We Grew Up In - Lisa Jewell

The House We Grew Up In

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2014-08-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 784 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of None of This Is True and Then She Was Gone comes an unforgettable saga that follows the Bird family and how one tragedy ripples throughout their lives for years.

Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it’s their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children’s art, to her husband’s chagrin.

Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in—to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.


  • Intriguing look into another families

    By Whim1954
    Function and dysfunction. Hoarding is a real disease and a danger to the hoarder and family. To see its roots and attempts to curtail its progression is very hard. (Even as a child Lorelei collected the family’s hair) . If this is disturbing, skip this one. But I enjoyed it as with most M. Jewels work.
  • So enjoyable

    By Nutzaboutcooking
    It was entertaining and comforting to peek into another family’s life that is more screwed up than my own. It also gives hope that things can be worked out and history does not necessarily have to repeat itself
  • Much needed Discussion

    By 2justsieG
    This book dove into so many needed family issues. Secrets, shame, mistakes etc. All of this lead one woman to suffer in silence and try to satisfy her pain by hoarding. This is a serious condition that plagues millions of people and I love the way the author presented it! My daughter in laws mother is a horde and she tries to help her mother the best she can. Her mother has even shown promise in starting to release and get rid of things. We just pray this will continue. Thank you, Jess
  • The ending….

    By Elizabethmmm
    Wow. I was so attached to this book and loved it so much. Easily one of the most talented writers, I brag about her weeks later. Would give 5 stars if the ending weren’t so unsatisfying/boring/movie like. So disappointing.
  • Subtle and powerful

    By SaltWaterSting
    A very compelling story of the frailties and strengths we all have. I anticipated the ending but it was nonetheless extremely satisfying to see the deft way she handled it.
  • Thoughtful, but often out of realm of reality

    By HMF14
    I really wanted to like this book, and for the first half I really did. But there became a few too many viewpoints and the subplots became too unrealistic that I found it hard to enjoy. There were certain plots I wanted to know more about and they were overshadowed by the sillier ones (particularly Rory and Beth). I also found some of the timeline confusing because many of the stories were only a few years apart and it became disorienting. As usual, Lisa Jewell has a beautiful, detailed writing style but this book could have benefited from a focus on a few less characters and a more satisfying conclusion.
  • Fantastic

    By LiaLia26
    Fantastic read- very well written, I couldn't put it down. I love the exploration of this dysfunctional family revolving around a hoarder seen through the eyes of all those that loved her. I love how the story ties together from an unlikely outsider. I wish there was further exploration on the Rory/ Kayleigh relationship, although I understand why the author left it up to the reader's interpretation.