New Memoir 47 HOUSES, Shares Couple's Journey Spanning Continents and Decades
When Lenore De Pree welcomed her young husband home from Korea, she was eager to begin a normal life together at last. Gordon was happy to be with his wife, but he wasn't quite ready to settle down to life in America. A seminary graduate, Gordon was drawn toward reaching out and expanding his view of the world. As this new book relays, the couple applied for a posting overseas, and after a brief stop in New Mexico, where twins were born, they moved on to Hong Kong, thinking they would be back to live in the United States soon. Soon turned out to be 20 years.
It is during those years spent learning Chinese, living in a fishing village on the South China Sea and aboard an ocean-going Chinese junk in a typhoon shelter that the De Prees find what they have been searching for - a deep sense of what it means to be a human being and a citizen of the world. With the family of four children growing up and needing to be repatriated, the De Prees return from their long Hong Kong sojourn to live in the United States.
But after a year and-a-half in New York studying, the chance for one more deep adventure and a major salary bump to educate their growing family took the De Prees to the Middle East. Challenged by the region's culture and Persian art, inspired by the desert and the Arabian Gulf, Lenore found she was stretching herself creatively, writing and painting with new inspiration while Gordon taught in the Professional Language center of Aramco oil company. With the coming of the Gulf War, their time abroad came to an end, but they were still casting about for a place that truly felt like home. Would they settle in the city of Lenore's family, Chicago, or Michigan, where Gordon had grown up, or in a place neither of them had known? How about the mountains of North Carolina? Why not? And so they began a new American adventure, in a place where they could live out what they had learned, on truly American soil.
"47 Houses on the Long Journey Home" invites readers into the lives of a couple that has adventure in their souls, and it reveals the triumphs and hardships that naturally occur over the course of a decades-long family life.
Author Lenore De Pree has published three books in New York with Harper & Row and five in the Midwest, and she alternates between oil painting and writing. She and her husband, Gordon, live in West Jefferson, N.C., where they work in an art gallery.
For additional information, please visit http://www.lenoredepreebooks.com.
47 Houses On the Long Journey Home
Lenore De Pree
Dog Ear Publishing
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