Friends in Foreign Places: An Expat Anthology
A traveler in a new land is struck by many abrupt changes: the landscape, the people, the language, and new foods---a world of change. Home, behind, is still at the edge of awareness. It's there, waiting. But when the traveler must settle down and make a home in a whole new country, life changes, as fundamentally as if catastrophe has struck. New friends become new family, and life continues. It is this story that is seldom told.
On April 16, 2016, catastrophe of magnitude struck Ecuador. Magnitude 7.8 to be exact. It struck small towns all along the northwestern coast, claimed 661 lives and left over 20,000 homeless. Seventy percent of the buildings in Canoa alone were destroyed, not only homes but the businesses that provide the population’s livelihood too.
Extending their family to encompass this disaster, authors from around the world have come together here to raise awareness and to raise money for the people of Ecuador, because this is what good authors do. They communicate. They communicate in words, in emotions, and above all, by telling stories.
In Friends in Foreign Places: An Expat Anthology, thirty-five writers, most living as expatriates all over the world, share forty-five stories about expat friendships and being friends with expats in their own countries. Nonfiction combined with poetry, mystery, romance, suspense and even sci-fi share what the expat lifestyle can hold for you too. You will laugh, cry and gasp with surprise as we welcome you into our friendship experiences. Read how we found friends in the most unlikely ways: buried in earthquake rubble, a heroine aboard a speeding motorbike, a high heeled clad architect with plumbing skills and many more.