Expat

Women's True Tales of Life Abroad

In Expat, a diverse group of women explores in vivid detail how the reality of life abroad matches up to the fantasy.

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$18.00 USD
July 2002
320 pages
5.5" x 7.5"
First Edition
Trade Paper Original

Print Edition

ISBN: 9781580050708

Ebook Edition

ISBN: 9781580055208

Expat

Women's True Tales of Life Abroad

By Christina Henry de Tessan (editor)

$18.00 USD, Trade Paper Original, July 2002

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.

About Christina Henry de Tessan (editor)

Christina Henry de Tessan has worked in publishing in San Francisco and Seattle and as a freelance translator, editor, and book reviewer in Paris. She recently coedited A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe. She lives on an island outside of Seattle.