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Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and intimate examination of a white working-class American culture in crisis. Although the collapse of this group, a demographic in our nation that has been gradually deteriorating for over 40 years, has been covered in reports with increasing regularity and anxiety, it has never previously been described as searingly from the inside. In his real account, J. D. Vance describes what it’s like to be born with a social, geographic, and class decline hanging over your head.
Hopefully, the Vance family’s journey starts in wartime America. The grandparents of J. D. relocated to Ohio from the Appalachian region of Kentucky because they were “dirt poor and in love” and wanted to get away from the abject poverty they were surrounded by. As a traditional indicator of their success in accomplishing generational upward mobility, their grandchild (the author) would eventually graduate from Yale Law School. They raised a middle-class household.
But as Hillbilly Elegy’s family saga unfolds, we discover that this is merely a condensed, superficial portrayal. The rigors of their new middle-class life presented significant challenges for Vance’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, sister, and, most importantly, mother. They were never able to totally escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma that was so typical in their region of America. Vance piercingly demonstrates how he still battles the ghosts of their turbulent family past.
Hillbilly Elegy is a profoundly affecting memoir with a healthy dose of comedy and brilliantly colored characters that tells the genuine story of what upward mobility is like. Additionally, it is an important and unsettling reflection on how a sizable portion of this nation no longer lives the American ideal.
About the Author
J.D. Vance was raised in the Appalachian hamlet of Jackson, Kentucky and the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio. After graduating from high school, he joined the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq. Graduate of Yale Law School and Ohio State University, he has written for the National Review and serves as a principal for a prestigious Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance, his wife, and their two dogs reside in San Francisco.