Free Read [Mystery Book] ☆ Model Home - by Eric Puchner ç

By Eric Puchner | Comments: ( 653 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

Eric Puchner s Music Through the Floor was one of the best received story collections in years His debut novel, a sweeping yet intimate story of the American dream in remission, viewed through the microscope of a single family, proves yet again just how exhilarating it is to come across a young writer as technically gifted and emotionally insightful as Eric Puchner ThEric Puchner s Music Through the Floor was one of the best received story collections in years His debut novel, a sweeping yet intimate story of the American dream in remission, viewed through the microscope of a single family, proves yet again just how exhilarating it is to come across a young writer as technically gifted and emotionally insightful as Eric Puchner The New York Times Book Review The Zillers Warren, Camille, and their three children live the good life in a gated Southern California neighborhood, but the sun bright veneer hides a starker reality As Warren desperately tries to conceal a failing real estate venture, his family falls prey to secrets and misunderstandings, both hilarious and painful, that open fault lines in their intimacy Their misguided attempts to recover their former closeness, or find it elsewhere, lead them into late night burglary, improbable romance, and strange acts of betrayal When tragedy strikes, the Zillers are forced to move to one of the houses in Warren s abandoned development in the desert By turns tender and disturbing, irreverent and profound, Model Home is a masterful display of Eric Puchner s prodigious gifts and penetrating insight both into the American family and into the imperfect ways we try to connect


  • Title: Model Home
  • Author: Eric Puchner
  • ISBN: 9780743270489
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Eric Puchner

Eric Puchner is the author of the novel Model Home Scribner, 2010 , which was a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award and won a California Book Award and a Barnes Noble Discover Award 2nd place It was also longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award His debut short story collection, Music Through the Floor Scribner, 2005 , was a finalist for the NY Public Library s Young Lions Award.His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in GQ, Tin House, Zoetrope All Story, Chicago Tribune, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Best New American Voices, and many other journals and anthologies He has work forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012 edited by tom Perrotta and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 edited by Dave Eggers.A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he is an assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.



Comments Model Home

  • Jason

    I have a nagging curiosity about people who fail. I have a morbid interest in families that fly straight, take flak, break apart and crash. I like to read about their slow downward spiral and final auguring into dirt. It’s especially poignant for me if the family begins from a low- to middle-income bracket, where finance, demography, and position are initially—if not cautiously—secured. (Why no interest in a high-income death spiral Jason? Probably because I came from low- to middle-income [...]


  • Ken

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” I often think of this when reading a book like MODEL HOME. Sometimes it’s the characters and sometimes it’s the plot, but no matter what its redeeming qualities (and this book has some), the novel wants to drive you away.So, what’s that “smell” in the case of MODEL HOME? Depression, chiefly. The book is a relentless downer. But if it’s art, why should that matter? True, but it does. Justice is no m [...]


  • Lisa

    Model Home was really depressing, but it was also really well written. I wish I knew how to describe it perfectly. It was easy for me to picture the characters in my head because they were right off the big screen in one of those movies I wish I could describe perfecly. Think "American Beauty" or "The Upside of Anger."When life began to go wrong for Warren Ziller, the earth tilted off its axis for his entire family. His wife and each of his children unknowingly drifted to a new plane. One unfort [...]


  • Kerry

    I loved this book and it is not typically the kind of book I would be drawn to. Two things drew me to it. The first being the cover, which showed typical Southern California tract homes and second the summery of the story which told of a family from Wisconsin who relocated to the same area of Southern California that I did (also from Wisconsin) at the age of 12. What kept me reading with at times but each character seemed to have his/her own strenghs and individuality that kept me totally enthra [...]


  • Lori Anderson

    This book will depress the living heck out of you, if you let it. There are moments of snickering, but for the most part, it's about a family falling apart at the seams and trying desperately to put it back together again. And it's not just falling apart -- it's fragmenting, then decaying, then pieces are falling off along the side of the road while one family member or other patiently gathers then all back up.The book is told from the point of view of each of the family members, allowing you to [...]


  • Christopher Swann

    A quirky and astonishing novel, equal parts melancholy and humorous. I found myself comparing it to Jonathan Evison's All About Lulu--the 80s California setting, the offbeat characters and events, the occasionally heart-breaking prose struck similar chords. What Puchner does within these parameters is switch points of view, mostly effortlessly, between the five members of the Ziller family: dad Warren, mom Camille, oldest son Dustin, daughter Lyle, and youngest child Jonas. He wrings a lot of te [...]


  • Ashley Ward

    The first 100 or so pages drew me in. I was intrigued by the focus on a normal suburban family trying to hold it all together in the midst of an economic disaster, and I liked how each character had something about them that made them completely alone in the midst of their ostensibly happy family. I think that's something that a lot of people can relate to.But toward the middle, the characters started to move into completely implausible directions, and then the major plot twist in the middle, wh [...]


  • Aaron

    Do you remember the movie Million Dollar Baby? It started out as a pretty kick ass movie about a female boxer and then all of a sudden became a pretty depressing film about right-to-die-politics? Well, Model Home kind of does the same thing. It starts out as a slightly uncomfortable, but laugh-out-loud hilarious look at a quirky family in a financial crisis. Then, it becomes a harrowingly depressing look at how a family deals with a tragedy. And by "tragedy", I do mean tragedy. And by "deals wit [...]


  • Brian

    In this odd little gem, we witness the evolution or devolution of an American family. At the start of the novel we meet Warren, a husband who is lying to his family about their financial situation, and his unhappy wife Camille. Then there is Dustin who is your typical teen, Lyle who is dating the Mexican guard in the families complex and Jonas who is just plain odd. Midway through something awful happens to the family. What drew me into this book was the quirky and interesting characters. I want [...]


  • Judy

    There is a great and fun-filled competition going on right now called The Tournament of Books, where a set of judges hold forth on 16 books published in 2010, from which they will pick a winner. I am using it as a way to catch up on books I meant to read last year. Model Home is one of the contenders. This is a first novel by a Los Angeles assistant professor of literature at Claremont College. And it was an entertaining, dramatic story, mostly believable but in the end only as memorable as some [...]


  • Kristi

    Here come the Zillers, one downright, spiraling-out-of-control, crazy family where the only normal signs of life seem to be the family dog, known as Mr. Leonard, and an occasional fleeting peacock. This Palos Verdes, California, party of five will have you cringing from their language, gasping at their way of life, and laughing at their witty moments. Model Home details the desperate meltdown -- financially, emotionally -- of a 1980's family like no other, at least not resembling one I've ever k [...]


  • Beth

    Bordering on absurdistly dark humor, while managing not to cross that line, Model Home had me holding back whoops of laughter while reading in public, then turning the page and choking back tears - identifying with its characters as they endured the slings and arrows of life. Told from the third person perspective of late-aged teenagers, a sad child semi-intellectual, and a middle aged couple whose marriage is floundering, we see many of the misfortunes that pain the characters’ lives. Some ar [...]


  • Andrea

    WONDERFUL, dismal story of one family's downward spiral during the 1980s in the dusty, dreary outskirts of LA. The first half of the book is a broken American Dream, teenagers and parents all angsty and desperate ~ but it's the horrific plot twist that drives the second half of the story into utter bleakness. But the bleakness isn't empty - there's a heart beating in every character and you know it. The writing is a fantastic observation of the dreamy details that make up real life. The final, c [...]


  • mark

    There are two legitimate reasons to write: 1) You have something to say. 2) You are in the process of thinking, and writing helps make clarity out of chaos. In the first instance you would want, in some way, to publish (make public) what you’ve written. In the second instance you’ll want to keep thoughts private as you work yourself towards understanding. In either case, if you think your thought has value, it is advantageous to have a record of this soul work—your mind’s creative work. [...]


  • Ti

    The Short of It:Puchner creates one of the most heartbreaking stories of our time. Sad and beautiful, its message resonates.The Rest of It:Dreaming of untold riches in the real estate market, Warren Ziller moves his family to a gated community in (Rancho) Palos Verdes, California. There, they live the American dream. Nice house, nice neighborhood. But Warren has a secret. The real estate development that he’s invested in has tanked, and his family has no idea what looms ahead.Once in a while a [...]


  • Krista

    I read rave reviews about this book, so I think part of my disdain is due to being seriously disappointed. The author uses beautiful prose at times, but the depressing spiral of bad decisions, lies and unfortunate events by every member of the family was just over the top. I wish the book would have ended after Part I when the family confessed to each other, but it goes on and gets worse with no glimmer of hope for anyone. And it's not that everything needs to be rainbows and lollipops - it's ju [...]


  • jillian

    This book, thematically, reminded me of "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything". Similarly, "Model Home" is about the expectations and sense of entitlement that upper middle class America developed in the latter decades of the twentieth century. But "All We Ever Wanted" was set in early 2000s, when entitlement and high living standards were a common part of the mentality. "Model Home" is set in 1983, when those ideas were just taking root. However, those idea of wealth, lifestyle and entitlement are [...]


  • Karen Germain

    I loved this book. Eric Puchner's "Model Home" reminded me a little bit of the movie "American Beauty." It's not similar at all in plot or characters, but more in tone. Puchner write about the Ziller family, who seem to be perfect, living in a affluent California neighborhood in the 1980's, but who are really headed towards a complete disaster. I don't want to give any of the plot away, as it really does go in unexpected directions. The thing that really got me about this book is the isolation o [...]


  • Dani

    It was so nice to see someone do quirkiness right, and without overdoing it.The youngest kid dresses entirely in orange, which makes you crack up when you first encounter him, but you later learn that he's one of those kids who generally has a lot of trouble with social norms, so you get to see both the comic and tragic sides of this kid's weird personality.And this is just one small example of the multi-facetedness and three-dimensionality of all the characters in this book. The characters were [...]


  • Jessie

    Another of my tournament of books books - and surprisingly undepressing for a book that starts off with a family going bankrupt. One of the central plot points is that the father of the Ziller family is developing a tract of land in the middle of the desert, complete with model homes, which end up being unsalable - which, of coures, can't help but bring to mind Arrested Development. This family isn't nearly as kooky, though, and the book does do an interesting job of examining how families deal [...]


  • Ryan Mishap

    Don't miss out on this family novel of misunderstandings, misinterpretations, miscommunications, mistakes, and missed opportunities. While there are larger themes here where we could toss around things like "the American Dream" and whatnot, I prefer the smaller familial and friend interactions as they show how hard it is sometimes to get it right, this social animal stuff. Of course, being fiction, the problems and challenges here are outsized, but so is the heart.My favorite bit was the oldest [...]


  • Leota

    Eric Puchner's debut novel is a fun, entertaining read: at times a little heartbreaking, at others laugh-out loud funny. It tells the story of the Zillers, a family that starts off as your typical suburban family living in a gated community in California in the 80sbut is headed toward disaster.It's divided into two major sections: one leading up to the demise, and one in the aftermath. For me, while the first half of the book was entertaining (Puchner's dialogue and observations are fantasticall [...]


  • Lisa

    Part 1 of this book: Where was Mr Puchner's editor? Part 1 takes place in 1985 and there are tons of errors - I must assume that his editor was just a child (if that) in 1985 because so many things did NOT happen in 1985. A few examples: we did not say "mosh" in 1985. It was called slam dancing. How could the father take money from the son's 529 plan when 529s were established in 1996? In the 1980s we said handicapped, not disabled. It's so sloppy. I like the book and will continue on, but this [...]


  • Ania

    for the first hundred pages or so, i thought i would have to put it down, but somehow i had to find out what happens to this crazy family, so i powered through to the end. i have to say i didn't love it, and i did not see how it was supposed to be funny. the suburban-family-gone-awry angle has been tried too many times, and i didn't think was a worthy addition to the genre. the only redeeming part of the book was the characters who at first glance seemed like stock fare for quirky personalities [...]


  • Cori

    Wow! This was a book I would not "normally" read, but I'm glad I did. The characters are so well written, especially Dustin & Lyle. So much craziness, turmoil and heartbreak for one family! I was quite happy with the ending. The story makes you reflect on your own life and how you are living it. Gave it only three stars (I liked it) because it didn't captivate me. It wasn't a book that I could say, "I couldn't put it down." Actually, I had to put it down after reading the burn hospital pages [...]


  • Lauren

    A family from Wisconsin moves to California to build their dreams and begins to fall apart. This is a sad book full of characters both quirky and recognizable. It is set in the mid-80s, but apart from a few nostalgic mentions of tv shows and and games, you don't notice the absence of things like computers and cellphones. People are forced to interact with each other, or pointedly ignore each other, and I wonder if the family would have fallen apart quite to quickly if they were all distracted by [...]


  • Gayla Bassham

    Wow, I really liked this. I went in expecting it to be just one more of the family-in-crisis books that seem to be dominating the Tournament of Books this year. But I loved it. The writing is good, I cared about all the main characters--I thought it was fantastic. (Having said that, it probably should really be 4 1/2 stars because there are some anachronisms--although that sort of thing doesn't bother me as much as it bothers others--and some meandering in the second half, with the introduction [...]


  • Smudge

    Warren has a major problem. He has gambled away his family's future on a get rich real estate scheme. He has moved them from their comfortable life in Wisconsin to the desert in California. Bank and College fund accounts depleted, cars and furniture repossessed he is forced to come clean with his family. THEN real tragedy hits his family and we learn about how the human spirit copes and adapts to heartbreak. The quirky characters are realistically developed and each experiences the devastating o [...]


  • Anina

    I'm giving up on this for now. I didn't finish it. I don't know why, because it's really funny and well-written. You should totally read this when you aren't as busy as I am right now.It's one of those "American Beauty" fuck having a family type scenarios, but the characters are lovable and you get attached.


  • Vickie

    I love the deeply dark humor and laughed so hard and some things I cried, but what I love most is the story of the less the perfect family and somehow against all odds they make it. Like Little Miss Sunshine and All We Ever Wanted Was Everythingonce I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down.


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