47 Houses on the Long Journey Home is a big story; a story of love and adventure spanning decades and continents. Two young people set out on a search that takes them from America's midwest to Hong Kong's Suzy Wong area, from life as sheltered expats to living in an old fishing village on the South China Sea and aboard an ocean-going junk in a typhoon shelter, speaking Chinese. Why? Not even they seem to know. Deeper than the apparent reasons there is a keen longing to delve into life, to find that basic root of what it means to be human.
Lenore De Pree comes from strong Dutch stock in Chicago, was raised in the back hills of Appalachian Kentucky where her parents took in 90 homeless children, and has been trying to tie worlds together ever since. Now that her worlds include Chinese and Arabian cultures, the scope has expanded.
CHICAGO MIDWAY AIRPORT IN 1957 was not a remarkable place. Only decades before it had been carved out of the black muck of the city’s truck farms, and up on the rooftop observation deck the faint ghost of onions still hovered.