Overview

Job: Gone. Relationship: Flailing. Passport ... Check.

Silicon Valley crime reporter Catherine Giotto is perfectly content chasing cop cars, scooping the competition and living life tethered to her pager and police scanner. Then the dotcom bust hits her newsroom hard, and everything familiar is shattered. Escape beckons in the form of an apartment offered by a friend – an ...
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Smiling at Strangers

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Overview

Job: Gone. Relationship: Flailing. Passport ... Check.

Silicon Valley crime reporter Catherine Giotto is perfectly content chasing cop cars, scooping the competition and living life tethered to her pager and police scanner. Then the dotcom bust hits her newsroom hard, and everything familiar is shattered. Escape beckons in the form of an apartment offered by a friend – an apartment in Budapest, of all places.

Overseas, Catherine finds herself lost in a country where people put their last names first and say "hallo" for "goodbye." As she struggles to find work in the Hungarian capital, she slowly starts carving out a new kind of life. One where she takes time to marvel at the first snow, learns to cook mushroom paprikás and begins having a social life (with Johnny Cash fans at the local pub). And what is with that trilingual IT guy who keeps showing up everywhere?

But in a place where Catherine can barely count to three in the local language, let alone conduct a news interview, she'll have to make sense of Hungary – and break a story big enough to get her a job – pretty darn soon. Or she's going to end up back home and broke, and even more defeated than before.

-- Join and interact with Catherine on Twitter --
"All cops reporters hear voices. It’s OK. It’s just the scanner." -Catherine Giotto, @reporter1999 on Twitter
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148429708
  • Publisher: Ballyhoo Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 244
  • File size: 690 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Wallace is a longtime journalist and sometime actor. She's been prowling newsrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area since the '90s, with two years off for good behavior to live in Budapest, where she sang with a country-western band. Her beats have included the arts, local government and health. She lives in California with her husband and their two Australian shepherds. Follow her on Twitter at @wallacewords.
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