J.D. Vance returns home to focus on jobs, drug crisis

Story excerpt provided by Dayton Daily News.

Written by Barrie Barber.

J.D. Vance reached a pinnacle as a best-selling author recounting his tribulations growing up in a “chaotic and dysfunctional home” in Middletown.

But the 33-year-old Yale Law School graduate and a principal in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm moved back to Ohio early this year in the midst of winter from San Francisco, California to tackle, he says, some of the same problems he wrote about in his New York Times best-selling book, Hillbilly Elegy. An upcoming Hollywood movie will focus on the memoir.

“I’ve always wanted to move back to Ohio,” Vance said in a Thursday interview with the Dayton Daily News. “…I really wanted to work on some of the problems I write about in the book because it’s primarily diagnostic, it’s not prescriptive so I talk about those problems but I don’t necessarily talk about a way out and I think that to work on those solutions is (number) one, important and two, you have to be close to where the problems are.”

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Originally published August 25, 2017.

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