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Thursday, December 12, 2019

It’s a coming of age story and it’s a story of longing for elsewhere and later appreciating where you came from.

I’m reading Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks and it’s terrific.

Ever had a penpal?  Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks sought out penpals as a window onto the larger world outside of her home environment.  Brooks had multiple penpals in the US, Europe and the Middle East, from small towns to big cities.  Twenty years later as a journalist and foreign correspondent she tracks down her penpals and meets them in person and writes about it in this book.  This is a meaningful volume with many poignant and humourous moments.  It’s a coming of age story and it’s a story of longing for elsewhere and later appreciating where you came from.  This is the same Geraldine Brooks who you might know from her popular titles Nine Parts of Desire and People of the Book (Submitted by Kristen)

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