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Book Title: Padrona del mio destino|
Date of issue: March 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9788882742164
The author of the book: Geraldine Brooks
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 582 KB
Edition: Sperling & Kupfer
Read full description of the books Padrona del mio destino:Foreign Correspondence was my first Geraldine Brooks book, and I immediately fell in love with the writing style that earned her a Pulitzer Prize for March and People of the Book.
In this 200 page packed memoir, Brooks writes about growing up in Sydney, Australia and how having pen pals both local and international shaped her view of the world. She writes that hers was the last generation to live in an isolated Australia. Everyone finished university and for the most part left. Brooks' pen pals became her window to the world and she also longed to leave after she completed her schooling.
Fast forward 20 years later. Brooks is a foreign correspondent for the a Wall Street Journal living back in Sydney. She finds all of her correspondence in her parents home and is determined to find her pen pals, which she does. Her travels take her to suburban New Jersey, Israel, and France as she observes where her pen pals are in life. Through her meetings with them, she realizes that the stable life she grew up with in Sydney was much more wholesome than that of some of her pen pals, and she wistfully longs for a life like that presently.
Having had pen pals as a kid and pseudo pen pals on social media now, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At a time when your whole life is the town you grow up in, having pen pals in another country broadens your view of the world and expands your horizons and hopes for the future. I actually had an Australian pen pal and longed for her letters that would come once a month. Then I fantasized about traveling to Australia one day as a way out of the monotony of day to day living. The pen pals Brooks had had a profound effect on her and she has either visited, worked, or lived in all of the countries where her friends lived.
The best part of this for me was to see how a child's mind viewed the world. I could practically see her eyes light up as she ran to her yellow mailbox and open her letters. Now she is an award winning journalist and writer shaped by these childhood correspondences. I am giddy to read her other award winning books in the near future.
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Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.
In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans.
She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and People of the Book is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.
Brooks married author Tony Horwitz in Tourette-sur-Loup, France, in 1984. They have two sons– Nathaniel and Bizuayehu–and two dogs. They divide their time between homes in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Sydney, Australia.
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