Home Life: A Journey of Rooms and Recollections
Suzanne's Home Life was published by Simon and Schuster to wide praise, some of which is shared here. Blending memoir and cultural history, the book is an evocation of the changing spaces— both literal and metaphorical—of a woman's life and a celebration of the bittersweet beauty of the homes and rooms we live in and create. The book is now out of print, but limited copies can be found on this page on Amazon as well as some other sites.
In Home Life, Suzanne Fox has truly found her elegant place of residence as a writer. She brings together memoir and cultural criticism with warmth, humor and sharp self-scrutiny. Fox’s domestic metaphor, beautifully contemplated, reflects the many moves of a woman’s life that take her from the memorialized houses of childhood to the stark reality of an emotional rental market in which she must finally find herself at home. —Maureen Howard, author of Facts of Life and winner of the National Book Critics Circle
"Fox has organized her memories around a witty and beguiling conceit...While some memoirs reek of self-involvement, this one invites the reader in: to her parents’ suburban home in New Jersey; to an artistic-ally shabby pensione in Paris; to a friend’s sun-drenched California guest room where there was, almost literally, a monster hidden. Good writing sometimes comes cheap, but here the writing is lapidary without being overly precious. Welcome and thoughtful as a night-light in a dark entrance hall."—Booklist
"A spare homage to the mystery and vitality of interior spaces that has all the intimacy of a memoir and all of the inventiveness of an armchair travelogue." —Elle Magazine
"Linked yet self-sustaining thematic chapters invite us in, and Fox's sure sense of pacing draws us easily through her life's passage-ways and resting places. Though unsentimental, her memoir serves in part as an elegy to long-gone rooms of the past and the human struggles heating them." —Kirkus Reviews
"Home Life is so meticulously constructed, beautifully written, seamless, without a false step. The inner and outer worlds seem to emerge simultaneously on the page. I want to steal lines—and your own line, “something so perfect it seemed tinged with a kind of grief”—expresses the feeling of the book for me. I can’t wait to read the next book you create." —Sylvia Foley, author of Life in the Air Ocean