The Journey Home

Joseph, a man in his late thirties, awakens disoriented and uneasy in a place he doesn't recognize. He sets out on a journey to find his home with no sense of where he's going and only the precious, indelible vision of the woman he loves to guide him.

 

Antoinette is an elderly woman in an assisted living facility who has retreated inside her head. There, her body and mind haven’t betrayed her. There, she’s a young newlywed with a husband who dotes on her and an entire life of dreams to live. There, she is truly home.

 

Warren, Antoinette’s son, is a man in his early forties going through the toughest year of his life. With far too much time on his hands, he decides to try to recreate his memories of home by attempting to cook his mother’s greatest dishes and eat them with her.

 

Joseph, Antoinette, and Warren are three people on different searches for home. How they connect with each another at this critical stage in their lives, is the heart and soul of this story.

 

The Journey Home has a very special place in my heart because it was inspired by my parents's love story. The way they filled each others's lives is one of the foundations of my life. This novel also posed a unique challenge for me. I wanted the dishes that Warren attempts to replicate to be true originals, not knockoffs of classics. This requires a great deal of imagination and more than a few less-than-successful meals before I came up with the ones in the novel.

 

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