1. Claire Vaye Watkins tells Dave Davies about writing the stories in Battleborn in the wake of her mother’s death and after leaving the West for the first time:

I always say I exist in a constant state of homesickness and that’s really the context in which I wrote this book, too. You know, I wrote it five months after my mom committed suicide and about three months after leaving the West for the first time to go study [at graduate school] in Ohio and there was this landscape of grief and homesickness. I’d never written a word about Nevada until then and I think suddenly being removed from my home and missing, you know, the mountains and the stars and the dry air and the rocks and the spiny plants, just this tremendous, overwhelming homesickness which surely had to do with my mom’s dying, I guess I kind of felt the need to conjure up Nevada and bring it back to me that way.

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    Claire Vaye Watkins tells Dave Davies about writing the stories in Battleborn in the wake of her mother’s death and after leaving the West for the first time:

    I always say I exist in a constant state of homesickness and that’s really the context in which I wrote this book, too. You know, I wrote it five months after my mom committed suicide and about three months after leaving the West for the first time to go study [at graduate school] in Ohio and there was this landscape of grief and homesickness. I’d never written a word about Nevada until then and I think suddenly being removed from my home and missing, you know, the mountains and the stars and the dry air and the rocks and the spiny plants, just this tremendous, overwhelming homesickness which surely had to do with my mom’s dying, I guess I kind of felt the need to conjure up Nevada and bring it back to me that way.

    image by lacomj/Flickr

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