Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends. She found men and women whose lives had been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of mental illness. Intimate, moving, and often humorous, Foreign Correspondence speaks to the unquiet heart of every girl who has ever yearned to become a woman of the world.
 

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User Review  - purlewe - LibraryThing

As a kid I always wanted pen pals. I had a couple, but no one (including myself) had the ability to just keep writing. I love Brooks' novels, and so this little insight to her early life was quite ... Read full review

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this peek at Brooks's life. She tells of her childhood feeling isolated in Sydney, longing for adventure and travel. She satisfies a little of that longing by obtaining pen pals in America ... Read full review

Contents

Tºart
3
Little Nell
28
Beam Me Up Joannie
46
Shalom Mate
60
French Letters
73
Which Side Are You On?
85
Same Place Different Skies
98
She Was Going to Be You
125
Arab Jew and Aussie
141
Cherchez la Femme
173
Breakfast with the Queen of the Night
187
Yours Faithfully
199
Readers Companion
211
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About the author (2011)

Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Marchand the international bestsellers Caleb’s CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her most recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity TodayBook Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz.

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