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Tracy Manaster’s sparkling debut is all about starting anew

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Tracy Manaster’s debut novel You Could Be Home by Now (Tyrus Books, 2014) is a book for the New Year if ever there was one. In the novel, three main characters—a newly divorced retiree, a young couple escaping tragedy, and a teenage girl who has been banished to her grandmother’s for the summer—come together in The Commons, a pristine retirement community in Arizona. All three characters, from whose perspectives the novel is alternatively narrated, have suffered from loss and are struggling to cope. All at different points in their lives, Ben, Seth and Lily provide readers with examples of the myriad (and amusing) ways in which people seek fresh starts in their lives. In interest of full disclosure, Manaster is…

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