Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks
A Pen Pal's Journey From Down Under to All Over

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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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About Geraldine Brooks

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Geraldine Brooks is the author of March, the recipient of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She is also the author of Year of Wonders, Nine Parts of Desire, and Foreign Correspondence. Previously, Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. She lives with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their son.
Published January 26, 2011 by Anchor. 217 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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to Janine, a French girl whose provincial life surprises Brooks the adolescent but becomes an object of envy for Brooks the adult;

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Growing up in middle-class Sydney, Australia, Brooks acquired pen pals from all over the world.

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(CNN) -- Geraldine Brooks issues an engaging invitation to armchair travelers with her book "Foreign Correspondence", which, like travel, takes unanticipated turns that leave you in a different spot than you may have expected at the outset.

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