Home Making by Lee Matalone

Lee Matalone’s writing has been featured in the The Offing, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, and Hobart, among other places. Home Making is her first novel. She lives in South Carolina.

This book compliments the VIRTUAL In Conversation with Lee Matalone on April 1st on ZOOM.  This book is available for curbside pick-up or we will deliver if within 10 miles of the store.



Praise For Home Making: A Novel…

“[A] heady and somber debut…While Matalone’s Home Making is partially concerned with the aesthetics and processes of domestic labor, it’s that last part, that magic by which a woman — for this is nearly always women’s work, no? — transforms a physical structure into a place of comfort and safety, that is the subject of this heady and somber debut.  The architecture of the story is solid.  . . [It’s] exciting to see her wrestle so artfully with her ideas.”
— New York Times Book Review”Matalone’s heady, lyrical debut overlays an adopted woman’s journey into motherhood with her daughter’s story of making a home for herself as an adult. In measured prose, Matalone draws out connections between past and present to illuminate the mother and daughter’s shared sense of ambiguity toward motherhood. Matalone’s cool reflections on art and architecture will appeal to fans of Chris Kraus.”
— Publishers Weekly“In her poetic first novel, Matalone probes the meaning of home and family. . .These vivid characters revisit their pasts and make plans to build a place “where happiness can bloom.” Chloe’s renovation watchword is “Rome,” as in “not built in a day.” So it is with home-making. The work is never done. The layers of meaning Matalone evokes provide a rich trove for discussion.”
— Booklist