On Homesickness: A Plea


Jesse Donaldson
September 2017
PB 978-1-946684-00-4
ePub 978-1-946684-01-1
PDF 978-1-946684-02-8
120 illustrations


One day, Jesse Donaldson wakes up in Portland, Oregon, and asks his wife to uproot their life together and move to his native Kentucky. As he searches for the reason behind this sudden urge, Donaldson examines both the place where he was born and the life he’s building. 

The result is a hybrid—part memoir, part meditation on nostalgia, part catalog of Kentucky history and myth. Organized according to Kentucky geography, with one passage for each of the commonwealth’s 120 counties, On Homesickness examines whether we can ever return to the places we’ve called home.


Coming soon.



Jesse Donaldson was born in Kentucky, educated in Texas, and now lives in Oregon. He is the author of the novel The More They Disappear.


“A wonderful prose poem, a beautiful meditation on homesickness and connection to place, and a celebration of Kentucky and that strange and undeniable connection that Kentuckians have to the state.”
Silas House, author of Clay’s Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, and Eli the Good

Praise for The More They Disappear

“Donaldson is a soulful writer.”
The New York Times

“Forget genre labels. This is a stunning novel, period.” 
Booklist (starred review)

“Delivers everything a reader could want.”
Philipp Meyer, author of The Son