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The Romance of Elsewhere

The Romance of Elsewhere

by Lynn Freed


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"A marvelous collection." —The New York Times Book Review

Traversing decades and continents, The Romance of Elsewhere captures the dilemma of the expat with Lynn Freed’s signature honesty and humor. She takes on subjects as disparate as Disneyland, lovers, ecotourism, shopping, serious illness, and the anomaly of writers who blossom into full power only in old age. Freed's new collection further establishes her as a renowned voice in memoir and the exploration of identity.

"If Joan Didion and Fran Lebowitz had a literary love child, she would be Lynn Freed—or, at least, the resulting book would be Lynn Freed’s essay collection, The Romance of Elsewhere . . . in equal turns funny, wise, and sardonic." —Bustle

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619029279
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LYNN FREED has published seven novels, a collection of short fiction, and a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among other publications. Her honors include the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award in fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, two PEN/O. Henry awards, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Born in South Africa, she now lives in Northern California.

Table of Contents

The Romance of Elsewhere

Keeping Watch

Useful Zulu Phrases, 1986

Gloria Mundi

Multiple Choice

Letter from London

Caveat Viator

It’s a Small, Unnatural World

The Beach of the Lost World

Honky, Napoleon, and the Empress Wu

Inheriting the Past

A Stranger in My House.

Viva Mandela!

Running the Smalls Through

Locked In

Happy Birthday to Me

Ignorance Chic

Letter from Texas

Doing No Harm: Some Thoughts on Reading and Writing in the Age of Umbrage

When Enough Is Enough: Age and the Creative Impulse


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