About the Book

When she left a chaotic home at eighteen, Sarah Fawn Montgomery chased restlessness, claiming places on the West Coast, Midwest, and East Coast, while determined never to settle. But it is difficult to move forward when she longs for the past—her family ravaged by addiction, illness, and poverty; the country increasingly divided; and the natural worlds in which she seeks solace under siege by wildfire, tornadoes, and unrelenting storms. Turning to nostalgia as a way to grieve a rapidly-changing world, Montgomery excavates the stories and scars we bury, unearthing literal and metaphorical childhood time capsules and treasures.


Blending lyric memoir with lamenting cultural critique, Montgomery examines contemporary longing and desire; sorrow and ache; searching for how to build a home when human connection is disappearing; and how to live meaningfully when our sense of self is uncertain in a fractured world. Taking readers from the tide pools and monarch groves of California to the fossil beds and grass prairies of Nebraska and the scrimshaw shops and tangled forests of Massachusetts, Montgomery holds a mirror up to America and asks us to reflect on our past before we run out of time to save our future. Halfway from Home grieves a vanishing world while still offering—amidst of emotional and environmental collapse—ways to discover hope, healing, and home.