Freeman's: Home: The Best New Writing on Home

Freeman's: Home: The Best New Writing on Home

Freeman's: Home: The Best New Writing on Home

Freeman's: Home: The Best New Writing on Home


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The third literary anthology in the series that has been called “ambitious” (O 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 continues to convulse whole swathes of the world and there are daily updates about the rise of homelessness in different 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, and 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 a chance encounter at a bus stop—or because of other types of fraught history. In “Vacationland,” 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 grandparents who married across a cultural divide. Many readers and writers 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802126481
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Freeman's Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 732,207
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York, and the forthcoming Tales of Two Americas: Stories from a Divided Country. Maps, his debut collection of poems, is out from Copper Canyon this fall. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.

Table of Contents


John Freeman vii

Six Shorts

Thorn Jones 1

Kay Ryan 3

Juan Gabriel Vásquez 5

Rawi Hage 9

Stuart Dybek 13

Benjamin Markovits 14


Kerri Arsenault 19


Adisa Bašic 47

Fishermen Always Eat Fish Eyes First

Xiaolu Guo 49

The Committed

Viet Thanh Nguyen 65

Hope and Home

Rabih Alameddine 73

What was said on the bus stop

Danez Smith 89

Germany and Its Exiles

Herta Müller 93

All the Home You've Got

Edwidge Danticat 113

A Land Without Borders

Nir Baram 123

Pages of Fruit

Leila Aboulela 143

Home, The Real Thing of an Image

Velibor Bozovic insert

The San Joaquin

Barry Lopez 167

What More Is There to Say?

Lawrence Joseph 175

Stone Houses

Amira Hass 179

The Sound of Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon 191

A Natural

Ross Raisin 211

Marine Boy

Gregory Pardlo 233

The Curse

Emily Raboteau 255

Being Here

Marie Darrieussecq 273


Katie Ford 285

The Red House

Kjell Askildsen 287

E. A hymn bracing for the end

Adonis 295

On Winning the Melbourne Prize, 11 November 2009

Gerald Murnane 297

Contributor Notes 299

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