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Goodreads asked Eva Murray:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Eva Murray As Odysseus sojourned from home and longed for his return to his queen and his son, the heroine of my novel Izzy longs for the home of her childhood as she returns to the heartland from the West Coast.

What is home? Is it a loving family, or a sentimental attachment to the past, a kind of homesickness? In German, "zehnsucht" expresses longing for home, for God, for completion, "intensely missing" something as part of the human condition. This desire was inspiration for The Odyssey of Izzy. My odyssey is episodic like Homer's yet follows a feminine American epic across the West.

What Izzy O'Hara finds in her quest for her long-lost brother and her past is a home not yet imagined. Her brother ran off with a rock band in the 80s, so she takes a road trip with a band from her hometown, thinking they can help her put together the pieces of her painful memories.

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