Home Is Burning: A Memoir (Paperback)
Flatiron Books, 9781250068866, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
November 2015 Indie Next List
— Nichole McCown (E), Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
View the List
"A heartwarming, profane memoir about humor and resilience in the face of tragedy." - People
A Library Journal Best Memoir of 2015
"Funny, touching, quirky, heartbreaking...destined to become a modern classic." - Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year (2015)
Meet Dan Marshall. 25, good job, great girlfriend, and living the dream life in sunny Los Angeles without a care in the world. Until his mother calls. He ignores it, as you usually do when Mom calls. Then she calls again. And again.
Dan thought things were going great at home. But it turns out his mom's cancer, which she had battled throughout his childhood with tenacity and a mouth foul enough to make a sailor blush, is back. And to add insult to injury, his loving father has been diagnosed with ALS.
Sayonara L.A., Dan is headed home to Salt Lake City.
Dan returns to shouting matches with his siblings at the dinner table, old flames knocking at the door, and a speech device programmed to help his father communicate that is as crude as the rest of them. But they put their petty differences aside to form Team Terminal, battling their parents' illnesses as best they can. As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler, and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away, and comes to realize that the further you stretch the ties that bind, the tighter they hold you together.