Home Is the Road: Wandering the Land, Shaping the Spirit (Hardcover)
Author: Diane Glancy
Publisher: Broadleaf (2022)
From the award-winning Native American literary writer Diane Glancy comes a book about travel, belonging, and home. Travel is not merely a means to bring us from one location to another. "My sense of place is in the moving," Glancy writes. For her the road is home—its own satisfying destination. But the road also makes demands on us: asking us to be willing to explore the incomprehensible parts of the landscapes we inhabit and pass through—as well as to, ultimately, let them blur as they go by. This, Glancy says, is home.
Glancy teases out the lessons of the road that are never easy to define, grappling with her own: childhood's puzzle pieces of her Cherokee heritage and a fraught but still compelling vision of Christianity. As she clocks an inordinate amount of driving, as she experiments with literary forms, she looks to what the land has held for centuries, before the roads were ever there.
This, ultimately, is a book about land, tradition, religion, questions and the puzzle pieces none of us can put together quite right. It's a book about peripheral vision, conflicting narratives, and a longing for travel.
"Home is the Road is a marvel of movement—not just geographical, but also spiritual and poetical. A pilgrimage into the interior life of a major writer and educator. It is a call to justice, a claiming of space and voice, a manifesto, reclamation of heritage, a prayer."
–Kimberly L. Becker
"In this strikingly original work Diane Glancy takes us all on a spiritual road trip. She lets us see a fragmented landscape of both longing and belonging, a journey into the heart of identity. She shares a few more miles on the way to a home we all hope to find.
"Relax. Set aside your rationalistic insistence on linearity, plain meaning, and predictable connections. You are in the hands of Diane Glancy, writer of excellence in many genres, who will take you on a poetic journey across the landscapes of America—physical and spiritual—accompanied by the Spirit. Enjoy the drive."
"With this book, Glancy is a wayfarer guiding us into a life shaped by the tradition of 'journeying.' Journeying is her sense of place, of belonging. Glancy asks, 'What was I within the erasures, between the ocean masses?' Home is the Road is a lyrical journey that I recommend taking. Travel with an accomplished writer among stories and spirituality, adept writing practices, heritage, and identity."
–Vivian Faith Prescott