J.D. Vance grew up in white working-class America, with roots in Kentucky. His memoir is an examination of what happens when substance abuse, rampant unemployment, and lack of parental stability strips children of the perspective to strive for better in their lives.
Although Vance did rise above his tumultuous beginnings and graduated from Yale Law, his narrative voice indicates the connections with his past are strong and haunting. ‘Hillbilly Elegy” asks the question: What hope is there for children still caught in the cycle of poverty and hopelessness?
In this era of Trump politics, “Hillbilly Elegy” may just shed light on the state of angst that lead America to this point.
Vance’s perspective is honest, and revealing.
A worthy read.
Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.