— The Only House in the world —
The Only House in the World, A Literary Pilgrimage is in process.
The Only House in the World is a travel memoir about my travels to literary sites around the world. For six months I wandered through the houses and graveyards of dead authors and fictional characters, searching in abandoned landscapes for a story I could call my own. I baptized myself in Walden Pond, survived a Bloomsday celebration in Dublin, and came to terms with my lost childhood in Proust’s home, Illiers-Combray. From the chaos of Holden Caulfield’s New York City to the vast landscapes of Tolstoy’s Russia, the places of literature propelled me into new experiences and, like Proust’s madeleine, evoked memories in which I could finally recognize the unfolding of my own story.
The first draft of The Only House in the World is complete at approximately 65,000 words. The manuscript was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Book Award, and has had the editorial guidance of professional writers at Emerson College, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Megan Marshall. An excerpt from chapter two, “To Know A Bean,” appeared in The Concord Saunterer, an excerpt from the third chapter, “Sleeping in on Sundays,” was featured in Minerva Rising and selected as a “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays 2015, an excerpt from chapter eight, “The Way to Swann’s House,” was published in The Gettysburg Review and selected as a “Notable Essay” in The Best American Essays 2016, and "Mother Russia," an excerpt from the penultimate chapter, recently appeared in December magazine.