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    DescriptionAs 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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    Title
    Foreign Correspondence
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geraldine Brooks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 217
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385483735
    ISBN 10: 0385483732
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    LC classification: PN5516.B76 A3 1999
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    Edition statement
    Anchor Bks Trad.
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
    Publication date
    19 January 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Geraldine Brooks is also the author of "Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women" and a former foreign correspondent for "The Wall Street Journal," where she reported on wars and famines in the Middle East, Bosnia, and Africa. A native of Australia and a graduate of Sydney University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she currently lives in Virginia with her husband and young son.
    Review quote
    "Geraldine Brooks' talent is unique: she combines the hardest-hitting reporting with a true writer's sensitivity and an empathy rare for anyone. In "Foreign Correspondence" she trains her lucid gaze on the turmoil of female adolescence and by doing so brings us a dazzling range of insights that extend beyond introspection to raise questions about national identity in an increasingly global culture."--Naomi Wolf, author of "Promiscuities" "From the Hardcover edition."
    Back cover copy
    Born on Bland Street in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longs to discover the vivid places where history happens and culture comes from. She enlists pen pals who offer her a window on the hazards of adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. With the aid of their letters, Brooks turns her bedroom into the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, the barricades of Parisian student protests, the swampy fields of an embattled kibbutz. Twenty years later - and worlds away from her sheltered girlhood - Brooks is an award-winning foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, reporting on wars and famines in the Middle East, Bosnia, and Africa. But she never forgets her earlier foreign correspondence. Traveling full circle to attend her dying father, Brooks stumbles on the old letters in her parents' basement. She embarks on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends, and to retrieve her own lost memories of the shy Sydney girl who wrote to them. One by one, she finds men and women whose lives have been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of a mysterious and tragic mental illness. It is only from the distance of foreign lands and against the background of alien lives that Brooks finally sees her homeplace clearly. This intimate, moving, and often humorous memoir of growing up Down Under speaks to the unquiet heart of every girl who has ever yearned to become a woman of the world.
    Flap copy
    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.