De Pree publishes part two of memoir

Dylan Lightfoot Staff Writer

September 5, 2013

Celebrated local artist and author Lenore De Pree this week announced the release of her latest book “47 Houses on the Long Journey Home,” the long-awaited second part of her autobiography.

“It’s the story I have avoided writing for years,” De Pree said.

“47 Houses” is the sequel to De Pree’s 1978 release “90 Brothers and Sisters,” a startling coming-of-age story set in the rural East Kentucky orphanage where De Pree was raised — with 90 cast-off ‘siblings’ — in a cult-like Neverland governed by her father’s unshakable faith and aberrant appetites.

De Pree began writing “47 Houses” in October 2011, 33 years after the publication of “90 Brothers and Sisters.” She describes part two of her memoir as the “travel guide” of a physical, artistic and religious journey in search of “what it means to be human.”

As the title implies, “47 Houses” follows De Pree, her husband and four children, on a 30-year sojourn through an ever-changing homescape: a cloister of British expats on the South China Sea, a 65-foot Chinse junk converted to a house boat, a segregated “company town” in Saudi Arabia where Westerners were allowed their “whiskey, pork and bibles,” and finally to house number 47, a modest single-family home on Jefferson Landing.

De Pree has published eight books through conventional publishers, but now swears by on-line publishing. “Dog Ear Publishing has been wonderful. They only want to know how they can make your book happen,” she said.

The author will hold a book signing at Originals Only Gallery from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, featuring wine and cheese, and live music. Signed copies of “47 Houses” will be $15 for paperback, $25 for hardcover.