Home Sick is memoir that demonstrates the power of sharing experience in written form.The story of Jean Fritz, Homesick: My Own Story tells the story of how Jean Fritz lived in China and only knew of America through her parents’ stories, and letters form relatives still living in America. There are extraordinary personalities evident in this story.All events that occur in this story are true of Jean Fritz’s childhood.Jean Fritz was born in China and lived there until 1927, when she was twelve. Young Jean had spent her entire life in China, but her parents' memories of home and letters from relatives in Pennsylvania made her feel that she was American - and homesick for a place she'd never seen! Family photographs and illustrations by Margot Tomes show us the real people behind Jean's vivid and unforgettable stories - memories of picnics on the Great Wall, pranks, holidays in the foreign compound, rebellious moments at her British school. close ties to Chinese friends, and how it felt to be called a 'foreign devil' and spat upon in the streets of a turbulent China on the eve of revolution. When her family embarks upon its long journey home, Jean is thrilled, but she wonders - When she arrives in America at last, will she fit in after growing up on 'the wrong side of the world?'
Home and family play integral roles in forming a person's definition of self but often elude exact definition themselves.
What is "home," and what makes a "family"? Jean Guttery is born in China and grows up there, surrounded by her parents and other expatriate adults who still consider America their home. Jean has only her imagination and the letters from her grandmother in Pennsylvania upon which to base her image of "home."
As she dreams about the U.S., she almost forgets how much she cares about China.
Jean's feelings about China are mixed; she loves the countryside and people and speaks the language fluently, but she cannot stop wondering about America. Jean's mother believes in the axiom, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do," but Jean refuses to sing the British national anthem in her British-run school.