Romance of Elsewhere: Essays

Romance of Elsewhere Essays A beautiful writer dead on brilliant rich in humor possessing a dark and comforting wisdom Anne LamottLynn Freed s deeply personal essays explore our most quintessential question What makes a home

  • Title: Romance of Elsewhere: Essays
  • Author: Lynn Freed
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  • A beautiful writer, dead on brilliant, rich in humor, possessing a dark and comforting wisdom Anne LamottLynn Freed s deeply personal essays explore our most quintessential question What makes a home From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life a stranger in a strange place someone just arrived, just about to leave, and always with a home to return A beautiful writer, dead on brilliant, rich in humor, possessing a dark and comforting wisdom Anne LamottLynn Freed s deeply personal essays explore our most quintessential question What makes a home From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life a stranger in a strange place someone just arrived, just about to leave, and always with a home to return to As a teenager on an exchange program to the U.S she had made up fantastic reasons to escape high school in the suburbs and spend her time in New York City Accepting a marriage proposal as a young woman, partly because it promised just such a life away from South Africa, where she d grown up, and in New York as a graduate student she found herself both restless and unmoored At home neither in the place nor in the marriage.What she did find, in the end, was a true marriage between writing and travel, travel and identity Traversing decades and continents and back again, The Romance of Elsewhere captures the dilemma of the expat and does so with Freed s signature honesty and humor She takes on subjects as disparate as Disneyland, lovers, eco tourism, shopping, serious illness, and the anomaly of writers who blossom into full power only in old age Lynn has been publishing these pieces for the past three decades, and this new collection further establishes her as a renowned voice in memoir and the exploration of identity.

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    About “Lynn Freed

    • Lynn Freed

      Lynn Freed is a South African novelist and academic.She came to the U.S first as a foreign exchange student, and then went on to receive an M.A and Ph.D in English Literature from Columbia University She taught at Bennington College, Saint Mary s College of California, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oregon, the University of Montana, and the University of Texas in Austin.Ms Freed s short fiction, memoirs and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper s, 1 The Atlantic Monthly, Southwest Review, The Georgia Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Mirabella, House Beautiful, House Garden, and Vogue Magazine.Her work is widely translated and anthologized, and has been listed in Best American Short Stories and in The O Henry Award Prize Stories.Ms Freed is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Northern California 2



    213 thoughts on “Romance of Elsewhere: Essays

    • Freed writes, "Someone once gave me what turned out to be a very good piece of advice: if you want to know what to write, ask yourself what obsesses you. Assuming one is lucky enough to have an obsession, there is first the question of recognizing it. Obsessions tend to live with us so naturally, there in the bloodstream, that even if we do recognize them, they can be too familiar to seem worth bringing out into the light"(29).I loved this small book. I only hope that everything I read this year [...]


    • thought it was going to be more about traveling - someone sent it as a gift - so I did not choosemore memoir,more interesting in some places than in others, great writing but a little condescending in places about what others choose in life to celebrate or notessays on writing and other authors is fascinating


    • A short book of essays on the pull of travel and the need for home, on the ever more public display of what should be private, on political correctness, on life in apartheid South Africa, from Lynn Freed’s stern, sharp and solitary mind. She fascinates me, intimidates me, and makes me think.



    • Some very interesting essay's particular those on living in Sotho Africa during apartheid. I also enjoyed the essay on writing and political correctness.


    • As with her phenomenal collection "Reading Writing and Leaving Home," Lynn Freed is THE embodiment of why truth matters and why the personal essay is such a vital organ in the body of literature. She is insightful and hysterical, blisteringly accusative and, when she reaches for what would be sentimentalism in lesser hands, she renders moments with such heart. A great great book.


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