Project Description

Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Grant Jarrett lived in Manhattan for 20 years before moving to Marin County, CA, where he works as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, musician, and occasional songwriter.

His publishing credits include numerous magazine articles, essays, short stories, and More Towels, his coming-of-age memoir about life on the road. His debut novel, Ways of Leaving, won the Best New Fiction category of the 2014 International Book Award. In their glowing review of Ways of Leaving, Kirkus Reviews said, “Ruthlessly brilliant writing brings grace to a story smoldering in pain.” The House That Made Me, Jarrett’s 2016 anthology about the meaning of home, was chosen as an Elle “Trust Us” book.

Grant is an avid cyclist, skier, and surf skier.


Home—the place where we were born, where we learned our first lessons, where family was defined. The very notion evokes powerful feelings, feelings as individual as our fingerprints, as enduring as the universe and as inescapable as gravity. In this candid, evocative collection of essays, a diverse group of acclaimed authors reflects on the homes, neighborhoods, and experiences that helped shape them—using Google Earth software to revisit the location in the process. Moving and life-affirming, this poignant anthology gives fresh insight into the concept of Home.


Chase Stoller’s life is crumbling. He just lost his job, his wife Jennifer has filed for divorce, and now his brother Aaron wants him to return to Pennsylvania and help care for their ailing father.

When he arrives at his brother’s house, years of repressed rage float to the surface—along with two married women, one virtual church, several bottles of scotch, one schizophrenic sister, five helpings of Brussels sprouts, three boxes of purloined panties, and a gun-wielding husband with a grudge. But Chase’s greatest challenge comes when his sister attempts to end her life.

Infused with empathy and compassion, bristling with humor, Ways of Leaving explores the impulses and actions of a troubled man whose struggles with isolation, despair and desire illuminate the fierce yearning for a sense of purpose that characterizes the human condition.