Author Homer Hickam
Publisher Harper Collins
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie’s dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.
Unfulfilled as a miner’s wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: “Me or that alligator!” After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home.
What did I think?
I was sent a review copy of ‘Carrying Albert Home’ by Harper Collins and I really didn’t know what to expect! It is completely different to any book I have ever read before but in the best possible way.
Hickam has managed to write a masterpiece with this novel. I loved the whole book from start to finish and I found it really intriguing as to what parts of this book where true and which were slightly exaggerated.
The book is written in such a light-hearted way and there were many parts throughout the book that made me laugh out loud (although I was reaching for a box of tissues at times too!). The dilemmas and situations that Elsie and Homer found themselves in made for such a great read. In 1930’s America you can really imagine these stories happening (probably because they did) but they way Hickam writes it makes your imagination run wild and really paints the picture.
Hickam has also managed to work in some great morals and life questions in to this novel. Whether or not that was intended or if it really is the full true story of his parents, I don’t know. I found that this book spoke a lot of finding true love, second chances and making a home a home – it really is quite moving.
I really cannot recommend this book enough. You need this ‘story’ of the Hickam family in your life, and I dare you not to become attached to Albert, Elsie, Homer and the unnamed rooster!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥ (yeah-yeah-yeah)
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?