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The coming of age story of an award-winning translator, Homesick is about learning to love language in its many forms, healing through words and the promises and perils of empathy and sisterhood.

Sisters Amy and Zoe grow up in Oklahoma where they are homeschooled for an unexpected reason: Zoe suffers from debilitating and mysterious seizures, spending her childhood in h
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Published September 10th 2019 by Unnamed Press
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Janet
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Jennifer Croft's impressionistic memoir of sisterhood, Amy and Zoe, two children from an academic family in Oklahoma, are absolutely different and yet inseparable. Amy, the elder sister, is the family star, the perfectionist, obsessed by words and actions and collections, protective and attached to the three years younger Zoe, a lively and lovable girl striken by seizures caused by a brain tumor. Amy is our narrator, and unfolds a tale of mutual dependence and shakily growing separation, as t ...more
Eric
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since I first received this book in March, I have read it twice. It’s something I rarely do unless I’m returning to one of the classics or to a touchstone, but this book demanded it, which I guess means it has become a touchstone.

There is something to the way that Jennifer Croft explores the seams of language and the paths by which personal idiom intersects with, becomes collective parlance (and the opposite: the way we eke out private meaning from common language). The way words con
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Will
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Every word is untranslatable if what translation is is making something new that stays the same . . . But that’s not what translation is.”
Idra
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This inventive, stellar memoir examines the tensions between siblings and their separate fates in the most unsettling, unexpected ways. Croft's keen attention to the nuances and music of language is abundantly present in every sentence of Homesick.
John
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, this is a beautiful book as object. From the swirling colors on the cover to the square color photographs integrated into the text. Frequently, as I read this, I couldn't help flipping through the pages to indulge in the physical pleasures of the book. And then the story itself, a memoir of the author's emergence in relation to her sister. Except that the author has given herself and her sister fictional names in order to write the memoir in the third person. And what I loved most abo ...more
Kate
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Having won many awards, including the 2018 Booker for translation, lends to interest in Croft's story. Her gift for seeing a richness in words beyond that of others fascinates. The construct is unusual for a memoir, as she has changed all the names, including those of the two main characters, which are herself and her sister. Photographs, primarily hers, illustrate the book throughout.
Elijah Lucas
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly beautiful book.
Ayeh Bandeh-ahmadi
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The genius of this book is in how it tackles heavy themes (family secrets, mental illness, tragedy) through a really innovative and delightful format of vignettes interspersed with gorgeous, full-color photos. Croft layers the protagonist’s point of view then (via vignettes describing the events as they originally unfolded) and her point of view now (via photos and commentary on them as she writes the book). Together, the text and photos wrap their metaphorical big arms around the distances of t ...more
Donia
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Memoirs are subjective and are difficult to honestly review in that anyone with a caring personality would not wish to offend the writer and hence my quandary. I'm sorry this family had to endure what they did and wish them well but it is the publication that I am reviewing.

Homesick is a lovely little book to hold and look at. The book is filled with small artsy photographs that any of us could produce throughout the pages. Along with the photographs is verse that shares the personal
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Jonathan Vatner
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Homesick is a book that defies categorization. It's a memoir, it's a novel, it's a series of snapshots of a young life. The story of Amy, a brilliant Oklahoma girl whose sister Zoe suffers from frequent seizures, runs alongside an illustrated meditation on language and translation. The cumulative effect is gripping and moving and profound. I devoured the book and am still thinking about the sadness woven throughout.
Tiffany
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I may be a little biased because I am friends with the author and her family, but I think I would have loved the book regardless. It has such a unique format and voice with a story particular to one person but that anyone can relate to in one way or another. It's a poetic, emotional but optimistic, beautiful, portrait of two people and the relationship between them.
Kimberli
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not capable of writing a sentence worthy of describing/reviewing the writing that happens in this book.
Nesli Sen
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating story. Croft is doing an amazing job weaving her memoir. I could not help but think the book is her quilt, an image that pops up throughout the story.
Kaitlyn
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a memoir that refuses to fit into a genre written by someone with a love of languages--this book is 100% for me
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