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They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
But as the family saga of plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version.
Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy”, offers a starkly honest look at what that shattering of faith feels like for a family who lived through it.
Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. You will not read a more important book about America this year.” — The Economist “[A] frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir...a superb book...” — New York Post “The troubles of the working poor are well known to policymakers, but Vance offers an insider’sview of the problem.” — Christianity Today “Vance movingly recounts the travails of his family.” — Washington Post “What explains the appeal of Donald Trump? Vance nails it...stunning...intimate...” — Globe and Mail (Toronto) “[A] new memoir that should be read far and wide.” — Institute of Family Studies “[An] understated, engaging debut... Vance confronts us with the economic and spiritual travails of this forgotten corner of our country.
is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them.
Hillbilly Elegy announces the arrival of a gifted and utterly original new writer and should be required reading for everyone who cares about what’s really happening in America.” — Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother “Elites tend to see our social crisis in terms of ‘stagnation’ or ‘inequality.’ J. Following the shock news her marriage to Laurence Fox is over after eight years, it is Billie Piper 's first husband - Chris Evans - who the actress has allegedly turned to for comfort.Imagine that.” — Jennifer Senior, New York Times “[Hillbilly Elegy] is a beautiful memoir but it is equally a work of cultural criticism about white working-class America….[Vance] offers a compelling explanation for why it’s so hard for someone who grew up the way he did to make it…a riveting book.” — Wall Street Journal “[Vance’s] description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history.” — David Brooks, New York Times “[Hillbilly Elegy] couldn’t have been better timed...a harrowing portrait of much that has gone wrong in America over the past two generations..honest look at the dysfunction that afflicts too many working-class Americans.” — National Review [A]n American classic, an extraordinary testimony to the brokenness of the white working class, but also its strengths. — Reihan Salam, executive editor, National Review “A beautifully and powerfully written memoir about the author’s journey from a troubled, addiction-torn Appalachian family to Yale Law School, Hillbilly Elegy is shocking, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and hysterically funny.It’s also a profoundly important book, one that opens a window on a part of America usually hidden from view and offers genuine hope in the form of hard-hitting honesty.Friends - we're looking forward to seeing you on the road in Deutschland (plus 1 date in CH).
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