Home Is the Road

Wandering the Land, Shaping the Spirit

Home Is the Road

Wandering the Land, Shaping the Spirit

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The land carries voices. The land remembers what happened upon it. In traveling the land, I become familiar with more than myself. Give me the journey of the road; it is my journey home.

From the award-winning Native American literary writer Diane Glancy comes a book about travel, belonging, and home. Travel is not merely a means to bring us from one location to another. "My sense of place is in the moving," Glancy writes. For her the road is home--its own satisfying destination. But the road also makes demands on us: asking us to be willing to explore the incomprehensible parts of the landscapes we inhabit and pass through--as well as to, ultimately, let them blur as they go by. This, Glancy says, is home.

Glancy teases out the lessons of the road that are never easy to define, grappling with her own: childhood's puzzle pieces of her Cherokee heritage and a fraught but still compelling vision of Christianity. As she clocks an inordinate amount of driving, as she experiments with literary forms, she looks to what the land has held for centuries, before the roads were ever there.

This, ultimately, is a book about land, tradition, religion, questions and the puzzle pieces none of us can put together quite right. It's a book about peripheral vision, conflicting narratives, and a longing for travel.


"Home is the Road is a marvel of movement--not just geographical, but also spiritual and poetical. A pilgrimage into the interior life of a major writer and educator. It is a call to justice, a claiming of space and voice, a manifesto, reclamation of heritage, a prayer."

Kimberly L. Becker, author of Bringing Back the Fire

"In this strikingly original work Diane Glancy takes us all on a spiritual road trip. She lets us see a fragmented landscape of both longing and belonging, a journey into the heart of identity. She shares a few more miles on the way to a home we all hope to find.

Steven Charleston, author of Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder's Meditations on Hope and Courage

"Relax. Set aside your rationalistic insistence on linearity, plain meaning, and predictable connections. You are in the hands of Diane Glancy, writer of excellence in many genres, who will take you on a poetic journey across the landscapes of America--physical and spiritual--accompanied by the Spirit. Enjoy the drive."

Daniel Taylor, author of Tell Me a Story, The Skeptical Believer, and the Jon Mote Mystery series, among others

"With this book, Glancy is a wayfarer guiding us into a life shaped by the tradition of 'journeying.' Journeying is her sense of place, of belonging. Glancy asks, 'What was I within the erasures, between the ocean masses?' Home is the Road is a lyrical journey that I recommend taking. Travel with an accomplished writer among stories and spirituality, adept writing practices, heritage, and identity."

Vivian Faith Prescott, author of Old Woman with Berries in Her Lap


"The book's lyricism and open heart sing."


Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506474779
  • eBook ISBN 9781506474786
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 8.25
  • Pages 214
  • Publication Date November 1, 2022