Cannot Stay: Essays on Travel

Cannot Stay: Essays on Travel

by Kevin Oderman


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This is a book of journeys, but it is not a guidebook.

Cannot Stay doesn't merely describe traveling to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. It delves into why we leave our front porch in the first place.

These twelve essays take us from Bali to the Baltics, from Corsica to Cambodia. But more importantly, they speak to the experience of travel, to what it means to shake loose of your at-home identity and pack all you need in a worn daypack. Cannot Stay bears witness to how travel reawakens us to the world by revealing the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange.

Check in. A subdued line of passengers, everybody waiting their turn. Someone pushes a small bag forward, eyeing with a smirk the woman with the luggage trolley. It's always so. And yet, even that woman is traveling light, leaving behind far more than she could ever pack into a few suitcases. By necessity, the traveler gives up on things, preferring for a time the experience of going.

Kevin Oderman is the author of two expat novels, including Etruscan Press's White Vespa. Winner of the Bakeless Prize in nonfiction, he has taught as a Fulbright Scholar in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Lahore, Pakistan. He teaches at both West Virginia University and Wilkes University's low-residency creative writing graduate program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989753289
Publisher: Etruscan Press
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 1,225,295
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kevin Oderman is the author of two expat novels, Going (set in Granada) and White Vespa (set in Greece). He won a Bakeless Prize in nonfiction for a book of literary essays, How Things Fit Together. He twice taught abroad as a Fulbright Scholar, first in Thessaloniki, Greece, and subsequently in Lahore, Pakistan. He teaches at West Virginia University and in the Wilkes University Low-Residency Creative Writing MA/MFA Program. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife, the writer Sara Pritchard.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

White Amber 5

Waiting for the Bombs 25

Judith and Harold 43

Puppet Heads 61

Selling 87

At Kore's 103

Of Corse 117

Time to Kill: Cambodia 143

A House Fitting 165

Colors 187

Trips Not Taken 207

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