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Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroadby Christina De Tessan
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For generations, literary figures from Ernest Hemingway to Frances Mayes have fueled our fantasies about the romance of expatriate life. But it's one thing to dream about living abroad and quite another to actually do it. In Expat a diverse group of women explores in vivid detail how the reality of life abroad matches up to the fantasy. Tonya Ward Singer craves a roasted chicken in China and must buy it alive and kicking. Karen Rosenberg reevaluates both her family's Judaism and her own when invited to a Passover seder in a remote Japanese village. Mandy Dowd tries to teach the French about Thanksgiving. Emily Miller admits that in Italy she craves the Hollywood entertainment she generally deplores when on U.S. soil. Tall and fair, Meg Wirth tries hard to blend in, in Borneo — to no avail. Expat taps into the bewilderment, joys, and surprises of life overseas, where challenges often take unexpected forms and overcoming obstacles (finding Drano in Ukraine, shrimp paste in Prague) feels all the more triumphant. Featuring an astonishing range of perspectives, destinations, and circumstances, Expat offers a beautiful portrait of life abroad.
"Often amusing, sometimes disconcerting reminiscences....For most [of the writers], what turned an often-daunting experiment into success was...a sense of humor and friends who accepted them at face value and tolerated their fumbling attempts at speaking the language. Will resonate for former expats, and wannabes may pick up some useful tips." Kirkus Reviews
In accounts on food shopping in China to child rearing in India to socializing in Ireland, the contributors give fascinating glimpses of what it's really like to be a woman starting over in a new country.
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