Jennifer Croft (Author)


"It's a complex portrait of a young Oklahoma woman's development of a rich and exacting interior life. It's also a visual love letter to family, language and self-understanding... Every page of this stunning and surprising book turns words around and around." --The New York Times Book Review
"Croft's photos, mixed in with her text, create continuity between memoirist and protagonist, despite their differing names. Her musings on language and occasional inclusion of Cyrillic script serve the same purpose. They make Homesick into a translator's Bildungsroman, one in which art is first a beacon, then a home." --NPR

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 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.

Product Details

$28.00  $25.76
Unnamed Press
Publish Date
September 10, 2019
5.0 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Jennifer Croft was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2018 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, VICE, n+1, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, BOMB, Guernica, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently divides her time between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.


"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 has written a gorgeous and stunningly visceral memoir of heartbreak and love. The lapidary sentences and the disarming images are surfaces Croft invites her readers to see into, so that a single word or photograph shimmers with layers of resonance. Croft's brilliant meditations on translation captivate the mind and the heart, for what is translation but a radical act of love and understanding? What a rare and thrilling thing it is to experience a cellular alteration occasioned by a work of art. And make no mistake about it: Homesick is an incantatory and masterful work of art." --Marisa Silver, author of Mary Coin and Little Nothing
"Jennifer Croft writes each full-color scene of her powerful book with feeling, urgency, and exactitude." --Kate Briggs, author of This Little Art
"Haunting and visually poetic, Croft's book explores the interplay between words and images and the complexity of sisterly bonds with intelligence, grace, and sensitivity. Poignant, creative, and unique." --Kirkus Reviews
"In this marvel of a book that magically expresses the untranslatable, Croft follows Amy's tortured path as she asks how far, and in what way, we are responsible for how loved ones' lives play out. In her struggle to answer such questions, Amy learns the extent and limitations of love's power." --Foreword Reviews
"Through photographs and prose, Croft's genre-blending memoir investigates how chronic illness sickens an entire family... A heartbreaking, vanguard, and mixed-media coming-of-age memoir." --Booklist
"This stunning memoir with photos is a love letter from one sister to another, a celebration of language and a story of devotion and disaster." --Shelf Awareness