Thursday, May 10, 2018

Book Beginning: Homing Instincts by Dionisia Morales




At the Hotel Maestral, Zlatko leaned forward in his chair, took a sip of wine, and described in broken German the idiosyncrasies of his family history: his grandmother was Austrian, his mother was Italian, his children are Croatian, "And me?" he said, as if delivering the punch line to a joke, "I used to be Yugoslavian."

-- from the Prologue: You Are Here, in Homing Instincts by Dionisia Morales, a collection of essays on the idea of home and how it plays out in daily life.

The humor in Zlatko's story is that his family lived in the same town for generations, only the national sovereignty changed.

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  1. I love that cover! The story sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing...and for hosting.

  2. It isn't until you see an observation like this actually written down, that you realise just how true it is for so many people today.

    To have inter-country marriages in a family, is simply a matter of personal choice.

    But to be born in a country which is then divided or subject to a name change, makes you a new and different nationality by default.

    Food for thought on a Friday!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting and enjoy your weekend :)

    Yvonne x

  3. This one sounds interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.

  4. I'll have to hunt that up, that sounds really interesting. Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. That's a great book beginning. It definitely intrigued me enough that I'd want to read the book.

  6. I think America is filled with families who are diverse. I suppose as long as love is there that is all that matters. I like the beginning. I just don't know the location. Did I miss it?

  7. This sounds like a wonderful book! I hope that you continue to enjoy it. :)

  8. LOVE that telephone.

    We had one growing up, and I had one for a while in my house. :)

    We also had rotary dial phone that sat on the table.

  9. I love that quote and cover. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I'm intrigued by the opening. I have a friend who can describe her own family the same way. They were all basically born in the same town, but depending on who was in power at the time of birth, they have different nationalities.

  11. Tea: If I have the history right, the town is in what is now Croatia, which was formerly part of Yugoslavia. For a time during WWII, that area was governed by Mussolini's Italy. Before WWI, the area was part of the Austrian Empire. Four generations; four nations.

  12. Thank you so much, Rose City. Hope you enjoy it.


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