Home Making

A Novel

by Lee Matalone

On Sale: 02/18/2020

Home Making

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Home Making

A Novel

by Lee Matalone

On Sale: 02/18/2020


About the Book

From a talented, powerful new voice in fiction comes a stunning novel about the intersection of three lives coming to grips with identity, family legacy, and what it means to make a house a true home.

Cybil is a war child—the result of a brief affair between a young Japanese woman and a French soldier—who at a young age is transplanted to Tucson, Arizona, and raised by an American officer and his rigid wife. After a rebellious adolescence, she grows up to become a successful ob-gyn. 

Chloe, Cybil’s daughter, is adrift in an empty house in the hills of Virginia. Her marriage has fallen apart, and her estranged husband is dying of cancer. Room by room, Chloe makes her new house into a home, grappling always with the real and imagined boundaries that limit her as a single, childless woman in contemporary America.

Beau, Chloe’s closest friend, is in love with a man he’s only met on the internet, who lives across the country. Shepherding Chloe through her grief, he is often called back to his loud, humid, chaotic childhood in Southwest Louisiana, where he first reckoned with the intricate ties between queerness, loneliness, and place.   

Through each of these characters Matalone weaves a moving, beautiful narrative of home, identity, and belonging. Home Making is a somber, yet hopeful, ode to the stories we tell ourselves in order to make a family. 

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Critical Praise

"An intricate exploration of family and home, of mother and child, of friends, of women and written with both precision and style." - Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

"In this remarkable novel, Lee Matalone fashions a world of rich and nuanced characters. Matalone has created something original, almost kaleidoscopic, as she constructs the interwoven tales of the characters who each strive to form a home. She writes skillfully about relationships, living and dying, and love. Cleverly and beautifully rendered, this is the work of an author plunging beneath the surface, into the very heart of what fabricates our inner and outer lives. This is a smart, uncanny, and ambitious debut." - Nina McConigley, author of Cowboys and East Indians , winner of the PEN Open Book Award

Home Making is subtle, funny, and original. An enormously moving novel about learning to make a home and, ultimately, a life.” - Erin Somers, author of Stay Up with Hugo Best

“In Home Making, Lee Matalone has written the debut novel of the year. Structurally bold and metaphorically rich, Matalone constructs a whole new world from the empty spaces inside us all. In Home Making, Matalone provides a rich, new blueprint of how we find meaning in the places we inhabit, the people we know, and how ultimately we continue to build that home which is our self. Brilliant.” - Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062953667
  • ISBN 10: 0062953664
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 02/18/2020
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price:19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Cultural Heritage

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