I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be.
American novelist John Cheever (born May 27, 1912) has been aptly described as "the Chekhov of the suburbs." His writing may have saved his life. After enlisting, he published a book of short stories. An officer in the Signal Corps read and liked it, and had Cheever transferred to do communications work. Later, half of Cheever's original infantry regiment died at Normandy.