Childhood trauma and challenges are overcome through sisterly tenderness and a love of language.
Women's Prize for Fiction 2023 Finalist
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.
"Croft moves quickly between powerful scenes that made me think about my own sisters. I love how the language displays a child's consciousness. A haunting accomplishment." Kali Fajardo-Anstine
"Stunning and surprising." —New York Times
"A Boundary-Expanding Story Of Devotion And Growing Up" —NPR.org
"Poignant, creative, and unique" —Kirkus
"A tribute to the deep bond of sisterhood: how, over years navigating life, it stretches apart and snaps back." —The Scotsman
"HOMESICK is an incantatory and masterful work of art."" —Marisa Silver , author of MARY COIN and LITTLE NOTHING
"A poignant and moving meditation on family, friendship and place."" —Thomas Chatterton Williams , author of LOSING MY COOL
"A marvel: audacious and lyrical."" —Vu Tran , author of DRAGONFISH
"Change is life, and Homesick is an exercise in conscious, delicate, joyful change." —LA Review of Books
"[Croft] has created a memoir that is at once different from any other yet far more intimate." —Books and Bao
"Astonishing in its emotional reach, its evocation of a child's discovery and a young adult's suffering and all the wonder of words." —Shelf Awareness
"[A] marvel of a book that magically expresses the untranslatable." —Foreword Reviews