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By Lorna Jane Cook | Comments: ( 502 ) | Date: ( Oct 23, 2019 )

A first novel about the life of a family, seen through the eyes of two teenagers on the brink of adulthood Suzan VanderZee is seventeen and feels herself to be on the verge of something extraordinary But as she looks at her loud, raucous family, it takes all her restraint to keep from running out the door Her fifteen year old brother Evan dreams of travel, but he is mesA first novel about the life of a family, seen through the eyes of two teenagers on the brink of adulthood Suzan VanderZee is seventeen and feels herself to be on the verge of something extraordinary But as she looks at her loud, raucous family, it takes all her restraint to keep from running out the door Her fifteen year old brother Evan dreams of travel, but he is mesmerized by the new girl at school Lorna J Cook pulls us so tightly into the heart of the VanderZee clan that we feel like members of the household Departures captures a time in the lives of these two teenagers when the exhilaration and the fear of pending adulthood are virtually indistinguishable.


  • Title: Departures
  • Author: Lorna Jane Cook
  • ISBN: 9780312321284
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Lorna Jane Cook

Lorna Jane Cook was born in Redwood City, California, and grew up in Michigan She graduated from college with a B.A in social work, and embarked on a career path from Michigan to Philadelphia and Washington D.C working at at runaway shelter a group home for teenage girls an emergency services program and on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant Finally, she turned to novel writing, an obvious trajectory To contact her, email info lornacook



Comments Departures

  • Brittany

    How I Came To Own This Book: A random buy from McNally Robinson when working downtown. Again, it had a cool cover.The Plot: Think an airier version of American Beauty - a portrait of a crumbling family, with a slightly tilted focus on the two older teenaged siblings. Over the span of a few weeks each of the six characters in the book - intellectual father Malcolm, brooding artiste mom Esme, withdrawn and insightful teen Suzen, angsty dreamer Evan in his pursuit of love, and young uns' Aimee and [...]


  • Morgan

    Like a few other reviewers, I picked this book up at a secondhand bookstore because the cover was different and the few sentences that I read on the back were interesting enough. A requirement for books that eventually become my favorites is that they're realistic, and this book was nothing but. I longed when Evan, the brooding 15 year old son longed; I felt for 17 year old Susan's inability to relate to most. Though the book is written from alternating views of Evan and Susan, you see aspects o [...]


  • Karen

    I really enjoyed this book. It was another gem blindly plucked from the shelves of Robbins library. A story about a family in the Midwest-each trying to find their way. An academic father, emotionally absent mother, teen sister trying to figure out if she is straight or gay, teen son obsessed with a rebellious new girl in school and the two little sisters (one who thinks she is an angel and can fly). What captivated me was the interaction among them-their connection despite the fact they were al [...]


  • J.Elle

    July Book #25: This book was told from the perspective of two siblings, Evan and Suzen as they navigate high school and come to terms with themselves and their family. Suzen knows her family expects her to go to college, but she dreams of something different. Evan longs for adventure overseas. Each gets what they long for in the end and something unexpected in the bargain. Yeah, yeah, not a great review at all. I know. I apologize. Much like books, not every one is going to be a winner. So, if m [...]


  • Melanie

    Story of a family that seems to be unravelling through most of the story.en in the last few pages it all gets pulled together and tied up neatly in a bow. Not really what I expected, but was an ok read. Favorite line from the book"above the clouds, the sun is always shining." a way for Malcolm to express to his daughter that no matter what happens in life, he is always going to be there for her.


  • Kelly McCloskey-Romero

    I loved this book. It was about ordinary people and their extraordinary feelings, hopes, lives. I like the way she portrayed the family, and I was fascinated by the varying narrations of the two children, Suzen and Evan.


  • Perkimom

    Okdidn't keep me up at night


  • Damaris

    very, very slow movinghard to keep interested. Aimee seemed the most interesting of all the characters and she was barely in the book.


  • His

    I loved her other books but not this one. It didn't grap my attention even after 20 pages.


  • Caroline Bartels

    I realized about 20 pages in that I've already read this and it wasn't very memorable the first time so I stopped.


  • ☯Lilbookworm☮

    Mixed feelings about this one. So much left unsaid and to wrap up IMO.


  • Kris

    Enjoyable tale of a busy family; coming of age tale


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