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From #1 international bestselling author Cathy Kelly comes a witty, warmhearted novel about friendship, forgiveness, and second chances. . . .

Sometimes the only way forward . . .

They say you can’t go home again, and truth be told, Eleanor Levine never planned to. Yet here she is, back in Ireland after a lifetime in New York, moving her treasured possessions—including her mother’s handwritten book of recipes for living—into a cozy Dublin apartment. With its picturesque Georgian villas, redbrick houses, and central garden, the Golden Square is just large enough for anonymity. At least, that’s what actress Megan Bouchier hopes, when a tabloid scandal sends her fleeing the paparazzi, back to the place she felt safest as a child.

. . . is the road that takes you home.

Rae, manager of the local café, has noticed the lovely, sad-eyed girl. There’s little Rae doesn’t notice, and every customer feels nourished by her food and her kindness, yet Rae’s own secret remains hidden. Connie O’Callaghan—with her fortieth birthday looming—has a secure teaching job, an abundance of blessings . . . and a deep-seated loneliness only her new neighbor Eleanor understands. And as the lives of the four women intertwine, each in her own way is learning about love, letting go—and that finding your way can lead to the last place you expected.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 464 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451616767 | 
  • July 2011
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New Year

It didn’t take long for Eleanor Levine to unpack her things in the apartment in Golden Square. She’d brought just two suitcases on the flight from New York to Dublin. For a simple holiday, two suitcases would probably be too much luggage. But for the sort of trip Eleanor planned, she was traveling light.

When she’d arrived at the hotel in the center of the city just two weeks before Christmas, the receptionist had simply nodded politely when Eleanor said she might need the room for more than the three weeks she’d booked beforehand. Nothing shocked hotel receptionists, even... see more

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Homecoming includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Eleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother’s handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she is a renowned psychoanalyst and has a family of her own. When life takes a dramatic turn, Eleanor decides to return to Ireland for some much-needed reflection. In Dublin’s Golden Square, Eleanor finds comfort in the book her mother gave her so many years ago and looks out her window into a community she is not a part of. There is the beautiful, young actress Megan Bouchier, who has a sadness in her eyes that goes well beyond her years; Connie O’Callaghan, a teacher who is approaching forty and giving up on love; and Rae Kerrigan, a loving wife and loyal friend, who has a painful secret that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. The more Eleanor watches these special women, the more she is pulled out of her isolation and into their lives. But what Eleanor didn’t expect was that in helping them, she will ultimately heal herself.


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About the Author

Cathy Kelly
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Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is the Irish bestselling author of twelve other novels, many of which have been number one bestsellers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. She lives in Ireland with her husband and twin sons. In 2005 she was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Contact her on Twitter at @cathykellybooks or follow her on Facebook or at




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