The Occidental Husband

The Occidental Husband

by Fred Smith
     
 

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The practically unbelievable, curiously true story of a Western man, an Eastern woman, and the fate of mankind (or at least one little boy).

A 42-year-old geeky newspaperman finds love and lunacy when meets a Chinese divorcee in a place called South Carolina. He wanted a change. She wanted to show him how to live. They settled on just trying to survive the

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The practically unbelievable, curiously true story of a Western man, an Eastern woman, and the fate of mankind (or at least one little boy).

A 42-year-old geeky newspaperman finds love and lunacy when meets a Chinese divorcee in a place called South Carolina. He wanted a change. She wanted to show him how to live. They settled on just trying to survive the culture shock. Most of it actually happened.

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endorsement - Marcus Amaker
Fred Smith has always been a funny and honest man. So, it’s no surprise that he could convey his life so well in a book. "The Occidental Husband" is a hilarious, honest, and humbling romp through Fred’s life. It’s a story that we all can relate to – even if we don’t know what it’s like to have a Chinese wife. This book perfectly reflects Fred’s spirit and humor. I swear you’ll laugh out loud.
endorsement - Bill Thompson
Fred Smith has been divorced from the writing life for much too long. Now he’s back, sporting a breezy, engaging voice and a keen eye for the telling detail. His new memoir, The Occidental
Husband, is equal parts confessional and cockeyed observation, with anatomies of a relationship and fatherhood stirred in. It is also funny, enlightening, brave and generous.... he goes deep, and tasty, with this delight of a book.
endorsement - Skip Johnson
Fred Smith tells an intensely personal story with great humor and almost stunning honesty. He keeps you turning the pages. This guy can write!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016683768
Publisher:
Evening Post Books
Publication date:
06/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
207
File size:
399 KB

Meet the Author

Fred Lee Smith was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1954 and is not afraid to admit he has lived in the Lowcountry his entire life. He claims to have attended Charleston Southern University (then the Baptist College) long enough for there to be records of some kind. You can check. Finding himself a dropout with nowhere to turn (except to his parents, whom he lived with and stole gas from), Smith consulted a Quija board, which led him to “The News and Courier” newspaper in 1974. He intended to work there one month. Nearly 40 years later, he's still there and somehow along the way managed to write more than 1,000 columns, reviews and articles for the paper between 1978 and 1991. Shortly after “The News and Courier” and “The Charleston Evening Post” combined into “The Post and Courier” in the early '90s, Smith dropped his writing pen (or rather, it was confiscated by editors who knew better) and began concentrating on page design. "In that job, you don't have to take your work home with you, which was good for me because I had too much TV to watch." He stumbled his way through several relationships ("at least one with an actual woman," he says) until he met Mei Li from China online in 1997. That experience, subsequent marriage and numerous stupefying incidents comprise the subject of this merry memoir.

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