Award-Winning Collection of Stories That Grapple With What It Means to Belong

Home Is a Made-Up Place invites readers into the lives of people grappling with emotional injuries and confronting the past to become who they wish to be.

Set in NYC, New England, the Southwest, and rural Alaska, a single mother fights to protect her son, a daughter tries to forget her missing mother, a couple struggles to keep a marriage together and their children safe, and a family must face the truth about their father.

Bracing and intimate, Home Is a Made-Up Place is a collection of stories about fighting for personal power, recognizing the difference between what can and cannot be changed, and the pull of familial attachments despite the toll they might take.

Publisher: Motina Books
Reviews:Marie-Helene Bertino, author of Parakeet wrote:

“Home is a Made-Up Place expertly plumbs the complicated and surprising depths of motherhood and daughterhood while introducing characters who thrill and linger. A tender and exacting debut from an exciting new voice.”

Kirkus Reviews wrote:

“All of the stories feature complex people in pain who feel quite real, and readers who have grappled with dysfunctional family situations in their own lives will certainly find them relatable. Every reader will be able to connect with the feelings of loneliness, betrayal, anxiety, and hostility that recur throughout these works…. A poignant and melancholy collection of stories about the constant search for a place to belong.”

Home Is a Made-Up Place

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