The Long Field

Pamela Petro


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Little Toller Books
1 March 2023
ISBN: 9781915068170
320 pages

From the publisher

The paperback edition of the highly acclaimed memoir in which the American travel writer, Pamela Petro, writes a love letter to Wales and explores the meaning of 'hiraeth', a famously hard to translate word which approximates to a deep longing for an irretrievable place, person or time. The Long Field takes the original hiraeth stories of Wales and weaves them into Petro's own life: as an American who loves Wales, as a gay woman, as the survivor of a train crash, as the daughter of a parent with dementia. In The Long Field Petro concludes that hiraeth as a response to loss is the wellspring of creativity.