'You can't go home again' is a mammoth sized book covering the span of the depths of the Depression, from the Stock Market crash to the dawn of Nazi Germany. In each case, Wolfe presents as historical moment as irreversable, as a moment in time when as Bob Dylan says, "Our footsteps hang suspended."
Beginning with the success as a budding writer, Wolfe tells his story through the eyes of George Webber, as he returns to his home ground, is rejected, and is cut loose to wander through New York, Paris and Germany - in each case closing the door on an era, and reliving the home town experience that he 'can't go home again.'
One falls in love with Wolfe's use of detail as he takes you on this whirlwind tour of impressions and feelings about the Depression, what it meant to the people who lived it, to him and to society at large. A true gem of historical vengette's it reflects the world on brink of globalization that was the story of the later 20th century.