Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad (Adventura Books)

Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad (Adventura Books)

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1580050700

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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experimental jazz ensemble. He was seeing both a therapist and a career counselor, trying to figure out a way to make money that might also make him happy, or at least happier. Architect? Therapist? Jazz history professor? Vice president of something? Bookstore owner? Record-shop clerk? Hander-outer of putters at a mini-golf course? None of these ideas stuck. More than a new profession, he needed a break—time to catch his breath, find his bearings, rekindle his spirit. He needed a lot more than

meetings with friends where they will do the same thing. Sometimes speaking in a foreign language for a whole day or night can feel more like work than play: I try but usually fail to engage in the patter and wordplay, much of which goes straight over my head. At a table full of people from all over Italy, I strain and struggle to catch the puns, the words in dialect, the use of the remote-past verb conjugation (hey!) over the music or noise of a loud bar or restaurant. Bring your crowbar if

me come home? And, to be sure, they were considerate. They told me they had considered my letter, but, still and all, to be sure—seeing as I was never made a citizen of Australia—well, if I wanted to go back as anything more than a bloody YANK tourist, then I had to apply for emigration. As a YANK. Which was something I could not do. Insane as it was, all I had to do was apply. Who the heck cared how I got back, right, so long as I was back? I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t go back to being an

chicken, a golden brown feast oozing rosemary juices from crispy skin. I grabbed two dishtowels for potholders and opened the toaster-oven door. The hen was still pink. There was no delicious aroma. My apartment still smelled of dust and the steamed dumplings I had eaten for lunch. More time, I reassured myself, she needed more time. A half-hour later, I determined it must be time for dinner. Golden brown or not, the hen had to be cooked after two hours of baking. I removed her from the oven

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