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By Laura Fraser

ISBN-10: 0307450910

ISBN-13: 9780307450913

What's a sensible, witty shuttle author to do whilst she reaches 40 and remains to be unmarried? Wander the globe trying to find romance and event, after all.

On a visit to Oaxaca, Mexico, to have a good time her 40th birthday, Laura Fraser confronts the original trajectory of her existence. Divorced and childless in her thirties, she stumbled on solace within the wanderlust that had constantly directed her heart—and came across love and luxury within the fingers of a speeding Frenchman. Their Italian affair introduced her again to herself—but now she wonders if her ardour for shuttle (and for short-lived romantic rendezvous) has disadvantaged her of what she secretly desires such a lot from lifestyles: a husband, a relatives, a home.

When her Parisian lover meets her in Oaxaca and provides her information that he’s discovered an individual new, Laura is surprised and damage. Now, it sort of feels, she has not anything yet her personal independence for company—and, at 40, much more wrinkles on her face and less years of fertility. How is Laura going to reconcile what appear to be contrary wants: for experience, go back and forth, nice nutrition, and new stories, but in addition a spot to name home—and a loving pair of palms to greet her there?

And so, she globe hops. What else is a go back and forth author to do? From Argentina to Peru, Naples to Paris, she basks within the glow of latest cultures and native cuisine, continuously searching for the “one” who may perhaps develop into a lifelong significant other. but if a negative incident happens whereas she’s on task within the South Pacific, Laura all at once unearths herself extra conscious of her vulnerability and turns into scared of touring. it sort of feels as though she may lose the very factor that has given her loads excitement in her existence, let alone the profession she has outfitted for herself as an international tourist and chronicler of far-flung areas.

Finding herself back should be either more challenging and extra average than she imagined. finally, Laura realizes crucial trip she needs to take is an inner one. And the story of ways she reaches that position will captivate each girl who has ever yearned for a unique lifestyles.

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Consult the map. Get your bearings. I manage to change money, catch the bus, find a meal and a pensione by nightfall in most foreign countries. How hard can it be, finding a husband, a house, a family at forty? You just have to set out in the right direction. Who knows: for all the bleak wilderness here I might stumble across something unexpected and delightful, something I didn’t even know I was looking for. So I take off walking. Right away, I realize I’m completely unprepared for this place; everyone else seems to have a house, spouse, children, and a retirement plan, and I’ve only thought to pack sunscreen, a water bottle, and a good book.

VITA SACKVILLE-WEST, Letters You never know when you’re making a memory. —RICKIE LEE JONES, “Young Blood” The winter sun warms the cobblestones that pave the Plaza de Armas in Oaxaca, Mexico. Heavy colonial archways shade the café tables where travelers and people watchers and expatriates come to just sit. They sip their coffees and take in the scene: small boys hawking huge bunches of colorful balloons, musicians in worn suits and perfectly ironed shirts stopping off for a shoe shine, ancient-faced Indians carrying baskets of greens on their heads.

Consult the map. Get your bearings. I manage to change money, catch the bus, find a meal and a pensione by nightfall in most foreign countries. How hard can it be, finding a husband, a house, a family at forty? You just have to set out in the right direction. Who knows: for all the bleak wilderness here I might stumble across something unexpected and delightful, something I didn’t even know I was looking for. So I take off walking. Right away, I realize I’m completely unprepared for this place; everyone else seems to have a house, spouse, children, and a retirement plan, and I’ve only thought to pack sunscreen, a water bottle, and a good book.

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