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HOME

The third literary anthology in the series that has been called “ambitious” (Oprah Magazine) and “strikingly international” (Boston Globe), Freeman’s: Home continues to push boundaries in diversity and scope, with stunning new pieces from emerging writers and literary luminaries alike. 

As the refugee crisis convulses whole swathes of the world and there are daily updates about the rise of homelessness in parts of America, the idea and meaning of home is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Viet Thanh Nguyen harks to an earlier age of displacement with a haunting piece of fiction about the middle passage made by those fleeing Vietnam after the war. Rabih Alameddine brings us back to the present, as he leaves his mother’s Beirut apartment to connect with Syrian refugees who are building a semblance of normalcy, even beauty, in the face of so much loss. Home can be a complicated place to claim, because of race—the everyday reality of which Danez Smith explores in a poem about an encounter at a bus stop—or because of other types of fraught history. Kerri Arsenault returns to her birthplace of Mexico, Maine, a paper mill boomtown turned ghost town, while Xiaolu Guo reflects on her childhood in a remote Chinese fishing village with her grandparents. Many readers and writers, meanwhile, turn to literature to find a home: Leila Aboulela tells a story of obsession with a favorite author. 

Also including Thom Jones, Emily Raboteau, Rawi Hage, Barry Lopez, Herta Müller, Amira Hass, and more, writers from around the world lend their voices to the theme and what it means to build, leave, return to, lose, and love a home.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

John Freeman

 

Six Shorts

Thom Jones

Kay Ryan

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Rawi Hage

Stuart Dybek

Benjamin Markovits

 

Vacationland

Kerri Arsenault

Alipašino

Adisa Bašić

Fishermen Always Eat Fish Eyes First

Xiaolu Guo

 

The Committed

Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

Hope and Home

Rabih Alameddine

 

what was said on the bus stop

Danez Smith

 

Germany and Its Exiles

Herta Müller

 

All the Home You've Got

Edwidge Danticat

 

A Land Without Borders

Nir Baram

 

Pages of Fruit

Leila Aboulela

Home, The Real Thing of an Image

Velibor Božović

The San Joaquin

Barry Lopez

What More Is There to Say?

Lawrence Joseph

 

Stone Houses

Amira Hass

 

The Sound of Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon

A Natural

Ross Raisin

Marine Boy

Gregory Pardlo

The Curse

Emily Raboteau

 

Being Here

Marie Darrieussecq

 

#21

Katie Ford

The Red House

Kjell Askildsen

E. A hymn bracing for the end

Adonis

On Winning the Melbourne Prize, 11 November 2009

Gerald Murnane