Almost Home (Paperback)

A Memoir

By Hilary Harper

Tree Garden Press, 9780998626208, 282pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2017

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While snooping in a closet as an adolescent, Hilary Harper discovers a secret: her parents are not her parents. Documents reveal her mother to be a vague, distant relative who died in a car crash. Her father is "unknown." Vividly depicting the suburban Detroit neighborhood of her childhood, and the relentless search for her paternal roots as an adult, Harper's memoir culminates in a DNA test that delivers unexpected results. A compelling, and ultimately triumphant story, Almost Home illustrates how strong the longing for an authentic identity can be, and how the choices made by one generation can have a lasting impact on the next. "Fully and movingly realized." - Deborah Ann Percy, author of Invisible Traffic "The story is enthralling, with memorable characters, evocatively portrayed settings, and such tenderness." - Kathryn Rhett, author of Souvenir and Near Breathing.

About the Author

Hilary Harper writes personal essays and short fiction. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte; leads workshops for writers in metro Detroit; supports the adoptee rights movement; and promotes the use of DNA tests for genetic genealogy. Her blog, Sixty Something, can be found at Her website is at