'Brilliant. This book will be considered a masterpiece.' - Sarah Sentilles, award-winning author of Draw Your Weapons and Stranger Care

An extraordinary memoir that reflects on memory and finding your voice after decades of silence.

She tells me she's returning to every childhood home she lived in, and all the memories she can't leave behind.

The past, she says,it kind of owns me.

I want permission to write her life while she lives it. I want to know why she is returning to the past and why she can't escape memories from decades ago. I want to know many things.

But nobody writes a nobody's life, she says.

In this memoir, through both her words and illustrations, Janine Mikosza revisits the fourteen houses she lived in before turning eighteen. Homesickness explores how we remember, the myriad ways childhood lives on in an adult's body, and responsibility versus accountability. It is about finally being believed when speaking the truth, and the consequences of a decades-long silence.


ISBN13: 9781761150234
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 4 May 2022
Publisher: Ultimo Press
Publication City, Country: Australia
Dimensions (cm): 2.34(H) x 1.53(L) x 0(W)
Weight (gm):

Author Biography

Janine Mikosza is a writer with a background in visual art and a PhD in sociology. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, The Best Australian Essays, and Meanjin. She lives in Melbourne.


'Mikosza's skill as a fiction writer is clear here: not only does the narratorial device demarcate a protective boundary between self, character and reader, it also underscores the unreliability of human memory, particularly one that has been transmogrified by the blunt force of complex trauma.' * Books + Publishing *

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