Romance of Elsewhere: Essays

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Price
$16.95
Publisher
Counterpoint LLC
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Pages
224
Dimensions
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781640091597
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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.

Reviews

Praise for The Romance of Elsewhere

Freed approaches the world--and her prose--with the cleareyed, forthright wonder required of the most committed of travelers . . . Elsewhere she speaks eloquently of travel's power to transform . . . Freed is also one of the funniest writers around . . . [A] marvelous collection. --The New York Times Book Review

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 . . . The collection of 20 previously-published essays spans decades and continents, and is in equal turns funny, wise, and sardonic; charting both Freed's evolution as a traveler and her evolution as a writer. Travelers and readers seeking an unusually un-romanticized take on wandering the world will love it. --Bustle

Her observations--on travel and writing, achievement and identity, Disneyland and aging--are revealing, and her drive to keep moving is unflagging. --The Mercury News

Wise, evocative, and darkly humorous . . . This collection evokes different moods, different eras, and different places with an astute, frank, and pitch-perfect narrator. --Publishers Weekly

Wanderlust is what ties these funny and astute personal essays together; the book is about what it means to have an insatiable hunger for experience . . . This is travel literature as memoir, drolly covering the scope of a restless creative life. --Kirkus Reviews

Fans of Freed will enjoy reading (or rereading) these short works. Readers unfamiliar with her may find her, by turns, discerning or dyspeptic. --Booklist

No one writes funnier, more acutely observant, frank, and intelligent personal essays than Lynn Freed. If her skeptical, sardonic voice amuses us with every line, it is largely because she is a grown-up in a culture of adolescence, who has done her psychological homework and taken the full measure of her experience, mistakes included. In this, her best nonfiction collection, you will come to know her narrator as one of the most nuanced and sophisticated characters in contemporary literature, and in the process make a new friend. --Phillip Lopate, author of A Mother's Tale