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Sawbill: A Search for Place

Jennifer Case

In Sawbill Jennifer Case watches her family suddenly exchange their rooted existence for a series of relocations that take them across the United States. In response Case struggles to “live in place” without a geographical home, a struggle that leads her to search for grounding in the now-dismantled fishing resort her grandparents ran in northeastern Minnesota. By chronicling her migratory adulthood alongside the similarly unpredictable history of Sawbill Lodge, this memoir offers a resonant meditation on home, family, environment, and the human desire for place in the inherently mobile twenty-first century.


Jennifer Case is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas and the assistant nonfiction editor at

5.5 x 8 in. 264 pages