Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters
Praise for Running Away to Home: "In thinking about her suburban life, epitomized by refereeing two arguing kids in a Target shopping cart whilst balancing a Starbucks, Wilson think, “if this is the American dream it kinda sucks.” To … see full wiki
I love the books that come out of an inner drive to find something that is missing in life. The ones where the author connects into that empty spot and discovers something about him/herself that leaves him/her forever changed.
Running Away to Home finds a family from urban middle America, living their materialistic, busy-all-the-time-lives. Running to and fro, accomplishing little, constantly striving for that one elusive thing.
Jennifer Wilson is a travel writer, and she and her husband have always dreamed about a sabbatical somewhere exotic. Jennifer's ancestors are from war-scarred Croatia. So. They head to Croatia to encounter life as it might have been had her family never come to the states.
What they discover is vastly different than life in Urban Iowa. A life where folks are still identified by the political leanings of their parents and grandparents. A place where drinking is an art and maybe the only way to deal with memories for so many. A land where organic is a must rather than a luxury, where neighbors congregate to celebrate, where food and friendship is offered with no strings, where Wilson's family feels embraced and changed.
I would've loved to share some of the reentry issues the Wilson family faced. Maybe there will be a follow up.
This is a fascinating and poignant travelogue. A look at choices folks make that impact generations, and choices that must be made. It's not an easy read. They encounter a raw beauty and Wilson doesn't sugar coat her struggles or the struggles of others.
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