Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a year) by the Ocean

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 26, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance, experience, and time.

Close friends and former college roommates, Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery promised to write when Kate's Peace Corps assignment took her to Africa.  Over the course of a single year, they exchanged an offbeat and moving series of letters from rural Kenya to New York City and back again.

Kate, an idealistic teacher, meets unexpected realities ranging from poisonous snakes and vengeful cows to more serious hazards: a lack of money for education; a student body in revolt.  Hilary, braving the singles scene in Manhattan, confronts her own realities, from unworthy suitors to job anxiety and first apartment woes.  Their correspondence tells--with humor, warmth, and vivid personal detail--the story of two young women navigating their twenties in very different ways, and of the very special friendships we are sometimes lucky enough to find.
 

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The friendship of Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery shines through in their letters exchanged over the course of a year. Though Liftin is working in Manhantan and Montgomery is serving in the Peace ... Read full review

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I have always thought about joining the Peace Corps, but when I finished reading this book I wanted to even more. I have a best friend and I think our story is similar to the two in this story. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
40
Section 3
82
Section 4
89
Section 5
90
Section 6
93
Section 7
103
Section 8
127
Section 10
149
Section 11
167
Section 12
173
Section 13
177
Section 14
181
Section 15
198
Section 16
201
Copyright

Section 9
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About the author (2000)

Hilary Liftin grew up in Washington, DC. In 1991 she graduated from Yale University, where she was the editor of the Yale Literary Magazine. She has worked in book publishing as an associate editor of nonfiction and literary fiction and as an editor/producer at several websites. She currently develops online products for Muze, a provider of digital information about music, videos and books, in New York City.

Kate Montgomery was raised in Wakefield, Rhode Island. She studied at Yale and Columbia Universiities, and has spent time teaching in both Czechoslovakia and Kenya. Kate has previously co-authored a non-fiction book A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests. She is currently on leave from her job as a high school English teacher in Harlem to raise, with her husband David Hackenburg, their new son, Kobi.

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