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ISBN:
1932961488
Author:
Tara Yellen
Category:
Women's Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Unbridled Books; 1st edition (April 8, 2009)
Pages:
259 pages
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1317 kb
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Rating:
4.3
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360


It’s Super Bowl Sunday at the Almost Home Bar and Grill with the hometown Broncos playing for their second championship in a row, and the already busy night is about to get busier. When the bartender walks off, she leaves the remaining staff to the chaos of the nightand with the real question. For one night, we follow all of them as they make their cash, close up, and then linger into the after hours, as they always do, their lives colliding, past and present, in the dark back corner at table 14drinking, talking, and, now, in the wake of Marna’s absence, facing questions: Where did she go?

After closing time and on a school night, Colleen’s 14-year-old daughter is no stranger to the Almost Home.

After closing time and on a school night, Colleen’s 14-year-old daughter is no stranger to the Almost Home. She’ll do almost anything to leave, to move her life forward or somehow return to earlier, better times, anywhere but here. How dangerous is restaurant love?Smart, provocative, and flawlessly on target, Tara Yellen’s revealing debut offers keen insights on a group of people left to put the pieces of their own lives back together in the wake of a friend’s disappearance. After Hours at the Almost Home will put you in an altered state-it’s got kick and goes down like a shot. But its effects might be far more lasting.

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It's Super Bowl Sunday at the Almost Home Bar and Grill with the hometown Broncos playing for their second championship in a row, and the already busy night is about to get busier. When the bartender walks off, she leaves the remaining staff to the chaos of the night-and with the real question. com User, August 5, 2008. After Hours at The Almost Home is a tremendous work for any reader who values rich character development, ingeniously clever writing, and deliberate but subtle plot development. This work is no sledge hammer.

Smart, provocative, and flawlessly on target, Tara Yellen’s revealing debut offers keen insights on a group of people left to put the pieces of their own lives back together in the . Books related to After Hours at the Almost Home.

Smart, provocative, and flawlessly on target, Tara Yellen’s revealing debut offers keen insights on a group of people left to put the pieces of their own lives back together in the wake of a friend’s disappearance.

Tara Yellen's freshman novel is not a terrible read.

After Hours at the Almost Home' was a confused tale about a group of people trying to get by in the restaurant industry, at the Almost Home bar. The perspective changes from character to character to author, and the reader is left feeling a bit anxious and wanting more. Tara Yellen's freshman novel is not a terrible read. Some parts were amusing while others were sad. None of the characters or mini plots were developed enough to draw the reader in or give the story a smooth flow.

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Gotham Creative Writing teacher Tara Yellen just saw the release of her novel After Hours at the Almost Home

Gotham Creative Writing teacher Tara Yellen just saw the release of her novel After Hours at the Almost Home. It’s about a bar, the Almost Home. In a row of mostly shoe and stationery stores, the Almost Home stood out unapologetic, chugging smoke, its beer signs the first hint of twilight in the neighborhood-coming to life, it seemed, suddenly, though really they were on all day. Even from the outside, even without seeing anyone enter or exit, you could tell this wasn’t where the businessmen and women and the Dolce & Gabbana shoppers went for lunch.

After Hours" is the twenty-second episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama series House. It aired on May 16, 2011 on Fox. There are three plot lines in this episode. Darrien, a relapsed drug-user and Thirteen's friend from prison, arrives at her apartment with a stab wound. She makes Thirteen promise that she won't take her to the hospital because Darrien believes the cops will be waiting for her there.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday at the Almost Home Bar and Grill with the hometown Broncos playing for their second championship in a row, and the already busy night is about to get busier. When the bartender walks off, she leaves the remaining staff to the chaos of the night—and with the real question. Not why did she leave but why do they stay? After closing time and on a school night, Colleen’s 14-year-old daughter is no stranger to the Almost Home. She’ll do almost anything to leave, to move her life forward or somehow return to earlier, better times, anywhere but here. But it doesn’t matter; there seems to be no way out.For one night, we follow all of them as they make their cash, close up, and then linger into the after hours, as they always do, their lives colliding, past and present, in the dark back corner at table 14—drinking, talking, and, now, in the wake of Marna’s absence, facing questions: Where did she go? Will she return? Why do we stay? How dangerous is restaurant love?Smart, provocative, and flawlessly on target, Tara Yellen’s revealing debut offers keen insights on a group of people left to put the pieces of their own lives back together in the wake of a friend’s disappearance. After Hours at the Almost Home will put you in an altered state—it’s got kick and goes down like a shot. But its effects might be far more lasting.
  • doesnt Do You
If you wish to read a book detailing some truly screwed up lives, this is the book. Interesting read, but it is hard to imagine that everyone that works in a bar is this totally messed up! I am assuming the author took every psychologically damaged person she has met and put them all in one book.
A fun read, but, seriously....would it have hurt to have someone normal in this story?
  • Gio
JJ has relocated five times, but currently works as a cocktail waitress in Denver. Her first night at the Almost Home Bar and Grill, the place is packed as the Broncos are playing in the Superbowl. She struggles with customer orders as she finds the job overwhelming at least this first Sunday is; her hope is that this is an aberration caused by the football championship although the tips are excellent so she also hopes for more nights like this once she learns the job.

JJ also struggles to understand the employee dynamics that she knows is critical to her staying on this job a bit longer than her last six positions. She tries to comprehend the 360 degree relationships of each of her peers. For instance Widow Colleen has no place to leave her teenage daughter Lily so she takes her with her when she comes to the bar. Denny is ending a relationship while he and waitress Lena appear to be starting one as they huddle so cuddly together. Keith and bartender Marna plan to run away together.

This is an interesting character study that follows the employees and some of the regulars for one night, a special Superbowl evening, at the bar and grill. The story line switches perspective from the newcomer to the bartender, the teen and her mom, the male customer trying to sell a pick up to others. Though somewhat anecdotal, readers obtain a poignant look at how various people see their lives precariously through the football game in an intense one scene drama.

Harriet Klausner
  • AfinaS
The prologue presents us with two of this story's elements, one being the Almost Home Bar and Grill, and the other being JJ, the new girl who is about to start her first shift. One would assume after receiving this introduction that one or both will be the primary characters for the whole story. We learn just enough to want to know more.

Tara Yellen's After Hours at the Almost Home begins on Super Bowl Sunday at the Almost Home. We meet the crew and a regular customer or two, stay after hours, and finish up before twenty-four hours have passed.

There's JJ, and no one seems to understand why anyone would start her on the day of the Super Bowl. She spends most of her time defending her maturity, insisting she's already graduated from school and pretending that getting high is old hat for her, despite the coughing of a newbie.

We meet Colleen, a widow, who thinks her fourteen-year-old daughter walks on water, when she has no idea what kind of trouble her little Lily desperately wants to get into. Then there's Keith, the bartender, who is counting the hours until he and Marna can run off together - and Lena who has a thing for Denny, and so on and so on.

One might wonder how Yellen can make one night take up a whole book. The answer is flashbacks, and lots of them. We get a lot of backstory as the day crawls into night and drags into the wee hours.

Some people might enjoy a multi-character study that is light on plot, but this reader kept waiting for something to happen. While the characters do not come across as rich or deeply drawn, Yellen does effectively get inside the heads of some of the characters, taking us through their thought process, which feel perfectly credible and, at times, engaging. A web of relationships and drama exist, but somehow we are led to expect more than that. There are hints of storylines here and there, but most are never fully realized, explored, built up, and resolved.

Only one out of a few storylines pays off for the reader, whereas the rest meander without going anywhere, resulting in an unsatisfying ending for most characters involved. I didn't sense an arc for most characters or their lives. This novel is more of a day in the life of a waitress. Maybe something happened the day after that.

Reviewed by Margaret Andrews for Curled Up With A Good Book
  • Kirimath
After Hours at The Almost Home is a tremendous work for any reader who values rich character development, ingeniously clever writing, and deliberate but subtle plot development. This work is no sledge hammer. It challenges the reader to scan between the lines for hints of what is to come. It features disparate characters who will be familiar to most readers, regardless of how much time they spend at local neighborhood bars. The book reads like some of the finest modern independent films, and will doubtless eventually find its way to the big screen. A great read.
  • Kaghma
This is a fun and fast read that also packs a punch. The bartender at a sports bar takes off and causes havoc that the other employees have to face--all on a Superbowl Sunday. Ms. Yellen is a gifted storyteller with a way with poetic language and imagery. The characters are very real and the book takes a surprising turn toward the end. The character of Lilly (a teenager-gone-wild), in particular, is realistic and poignant. I liked the first half but loved the second, which deftly handles a difficult event (trying to avoid spoilers!). Overall, this does feel like a first novel, but it's an amazing debut. Another round please!
  • Hulis
Tara Yellen has a way with words that describes places, people and their lives in a way that compels you to keep turning the page. The setting is a bar in Denver on Super Bowl Sunday, not a locale that I know - or didn't - until I read Ms. Yellens first novel. She breathed life into her characters and made the Bronco's fans and the servers at the "Almost Home" into real people - strangely disjointed yet interconnected people. The "Almost Home" reminds you of a place you may have been to before and the characters' depth, relationships and backstories grab you and keep you on the edge. Ms Yellen is an author whose star will be rising. I can't wait to read her next book!