On Homesickness: A Plea
Jesse Donaldson West Virginia University Press, 2017 Library of Congress PS3604.O5344O5 2017 | Dewey Decimal 813.61
2017 Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Appalachian Book of the Year
One day, Jesse Donaldson wakes up in Portland, Oregon, and asks his wife to uproot their life together and move to his native Kentucky. As he searches for the reason behind this sudden urge, Donaldson examines both the place where he was born and the life he’s building.
The result is a hybrid—part memoir, part meditation on nostalgia, part catalog of Kentucky history and myth. Organized according to Kentucky geography, with one passage for each of the commonwealth’s 120 counties, On Homesickness examines whether we can ever return to the places we’ve called home.