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Shortly after traveling through Mexico on a magazine assignment to interview American expats enjoying retirement south of the border -- at attractive prices -- Golson and his wife, Thia, joined them. Enchanted by the coastal village of Sayulita, with a lively native population and an equally colorful array of transplantted gringos, they bought a plot of land and set about building their dream house.
It was then that they learned that mañana means more than just "tomorrow." It's a way of life, a gentle reminder of the wisdom of accepting what you cannot change; notably the comic, Byzantine, and often illogical Mexican bureaucracy that governs every stage of the building process. As the house comes together, Barry and Thia's marriage frays at the edges. Every detail of their home must be crafted by artisans in accordance with their specifications, and to Thia's despair, Barry develops a passion for monograms. But once particulars like stairways to nowhere are ironed out, the Golsons find that the true wonder of their adventure has come from their immersion in village life and the lasting friendships they've forged with their neighbors -- people far different from those they'd known in New York, for whom mañana is a horrifying thought. Immensely entertaining and truly informative, Gringos in Paradise is a read that's almost as satisfying as being there. (Spring 2007 Selection)