JENNIFER CROFT reads from her debut memoir HOMESICK with MARISA SILVER

Homesick (Unnamed Press)

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 hospitals as she undergoes surgeries. Meanwhile, Amy flourishes intellectually, showing an innate ability to glean a world beyond the troubles in her home life, exploring that world through languages first. Amy’s first love appears in the form of her Russian tutor Sasha, but when she enters university at the age of 15 her life changes drastically and with tragic results. 

Croft complements her stunning prose with beautiful color photography to tell her coming of age story. Homesick is about learning to love language in its many forms, healing through words and the promises and perils of empathy and sisterhood.

Praise for Homesick

"This inventive, stellar memoir examines the tensions between siblings and their separate fates in the most unsettling, unexpected ways. Jennifer Croft's keen attention to the nuances and music of language is abundantly present in every sentence of Homesick." –Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

Jennifer Croft was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2018 and was a National Book Award Finalist for her translation from Polish of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. She is the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell, and National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowships, as well as the inaugural Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation and a Tin House Workshop Scholarship for her memoir Homesick. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is a founding editor of The Buenos Aires Review and has published her own work and numerous translations in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Granta, VICE, n+1, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, BOMB, Guernica, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She currently divides her time between Buenos Aires, New York, and Los Angeles.

Marisa Silver is the author, most recently, of the novel, Little Nothing, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Fiction. Her other novels include Mary Coin, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award, and an NPR and BBC Best Book of the Year, The God of War, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, and No Direction Home. Her first collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. When her second collection, Alone With You was published, The New York Times called her “one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers.” Silver has been named The Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers for 2018-2019. In 2017, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts. Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker as well as other journals, and has been included in The Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories. She teaches at The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Homesick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944700942
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Published: Unnamed Press - September 10th, 2019

Flights Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780525534204
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Little Nothing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399185809
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Published: Blue Rider Press - August 22nd, 2017

Mary Coin: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142180785
Published: Plume - February 25th, 2014

Alone With You: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416590309
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 2006