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by Hilary Liftin


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A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance, experience, and time.

A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance, experience, and time.

This book consists of their letters during the year they were separated. Hilary, from the other side of the ocean, relates her experience as a single woman looking for love, satisfying work, and a decent apartment in New York City. Kate's letters were full of life in Africa-the heat and disease, the lack of school supplies where she taught, the absence of personal and public amenities, and the political machinations of local authorities. Her stories are funny, poignant, sometimes heartbreaking, and just as interesting as Kate's. The best story of all, though, is that of the friendship that sustains and enriches these two passionate women across the miles.

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Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery (as co-written) (1999) Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a year) by an Ocean; Vintage Books. Liftin, Hilary (2003) Candy and Me: A Love Story Free Press. Hatcher, Teri and Liftin, Hilary (co-written) (2006) Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life; Hyperion Books. Walsh, Peter (ghost written) It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff (2006) Free Press. Spelling, Tori and Liftin, Hilary (co-written) (2008) Stori Telling; Simon Spotlight Entertainment/Simon Schuster

A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a. . Close friends and former college roommates, Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery promised to write when Kate's Peace Corps assignment took her to Africa.

A must for any potential Peace Corps Volunteer. com User, November 11, 1999.

book by Hilary Liftin. Over the course of a single year, they exchanged an offbeat and moving series of letters from rural Kenya to New York City and back again. A must for any potential Peace Corps Volunteer.

The friendship of Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery shines through in their letters exchanged over the course of a year. I have a best friend and I think our story is similar to the two in this story. I think the letters are heartfelt and touching. Though Liftin is working in Manhantan and Montgomery is serving in the Peace Corps in Africa, they maintain a regular correspondence through which they express joy and sadness, heartbreak and humor. khuggard, October 3, 2007. Written by a customer while visiting librarything. I wish the letters would have contained more substance, but I am sure when they were writing them they didn't plan on them being published. Close friends and. Find nice people you will like. Read this before I went to study abroad years ago, and I still re-read it sometimes. Willy Thorn presents this history, this story of a black man's life-long dedication to justice, charity, and the poor

1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove Dear exile from your list? Dear exile. the true story of two friends separated (for a year) by an ocean. 1st ed. by Hilary Liftin. Published 1999 by Vintage Books in New York.

Dear exile : the true story of two friends separated (for a year) by an ocean, Hilary Liftin and Kate . Dear Hilary, This morning as the sun rose David and I were waiting by the road for a lift to the Peace Corps training center

Dear exile : the true story of two friends separated (for a year) by an ocean, Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery Dear Hilary, This morning as the sun rose David and I were waiting by the road for a lift to the Peace Corps training center. In the distance, and coming closer to us, was a man on a bicycle with what seemed to be a woolly lamb tied on its back fender.


Comments: (7)

Perius
This is about as perfect as a book can be. I won't recap the concept; plenty of other reviewers have summed it up. But I want to express my unbounded admiration for this book. I would never have imagined that a set of letters between friends could make for fascinating, hard-to-put-down reading, but this set of letters does. In spades. These women's lives are just plain interesting--Kate's, in part, because she's in a situation most of us know little or nothing about and Hilary's, in part, because she's in a situation most of us know all too well. There's more going on here, though, than just the fact of being interesting. The friendship between these two comes alive on the page; the insights about the world and about each other that the women reveal are meaningful; the wit each writer possesses is sharp and on target. I loved the book. I'm giving it to everyone I know for Christmas because they're all going to love it, too.
Zolorn
What a great book!
Obong
This is such a light read, and one of my favorite books! The book came on time and in great condition.
uspeh
This book was bittersweet, thought provoking. I enjoyed it and it made me think about life and the different paths friends take in life
Faell
Books about female friendships are few and far between. I know I will face some argument on this one, but so many of the books that pretend to be about female friendships are *really* about men. Who one of the loves, who one of them wants to love, making the men the centerpiece of the story.
But this book does not do that.
This book is about women (though certainly Kate's husband figures in the tale) and about the way that the women interact with each other. The letters demonstrate the real nature of friendship between women, which is not, as many in Hollywood would like to think, populated with half-naked pillow fights and hair-pulling over some man. These women do what women in real life *do* with each other: scold, tease, smother with concern, and truly share concerns. The fact that Hillary is in New York and Kate is in Africa is almost incidental next to this loving depiction of friendship. (Although the contrast certainly helps to illuminate the personalities, and it is a pretty compelling description of the situation in Africa and the role that the Peace Corp can play in that environment. I would esp. recommend this to anyone who is planning on making a life of activism or service, in the Peace Corps or elsewhere.)
It could be uninteresting to read about such a realistic friendship, however it isn't. It is a warm and funny book, obviously well crafted by the talents of both women and good editors. It is sweet, really, but not cloying, and it has an emotional impact on the reader -- makes you want to call your long lost pal and hug her over coffee.
In fact, after I am done writing this, I am going to the post office to send my copy to my best friend, who's living in Japan. It's just that kind of book.
Anen
In an age of cell phones and e-mail and instant access, a pair of people who write long, detailed letters and mail them (with stamps!) seems unusual. And what letters! These are no slapdash, catty-chatty constructions, but rather articulate, vivid, thoughtful epistles between two people living very different lives in the 1990s.
The letters are real; they are the products of former Yale roommates Kate Montgomery and Hilary Liftin. Kate, recently married, moves to Kenya with her husband to teach English for the Peace Corps. Her narrative of life in Africa begins with stunned delight (giraffes walk by!). Increasingly, though, her letters begin to detail the awful conditions and debasement of the people there. We learn of rampant disease (Kate seems to catch every one of them), polluted water, and unsanitary schools where students are beaten mercilessly.
Hilary, from the other side of the ocean, relates her experience as a single woman looking for love, satisfying work, and a decent apartment in New York City. Her stories are funny, poignant, sometimes heartbreaking, and just as interesting as Kate's.
The best story of all, though, is that of the friendship that sustains and enriches these two passionate women across the miles.
Mullador
Two friends from two very different worlds correspond. The juxtaposition is striking. One letter writes of computers and getting a new apartment and dating and romance from the slick comsmopolitan world of New York City. In the next letter, you are transported to a world of poor sanitation, a place where people have very different ideas about pace of life and what's important, a place where you cannot speak against abuse and injustice due to red tape. In one letter it is the heat of an African summer, in the next, a snowy day in New York. I noticed many other reviewers are judging the quality of one against the other. I didn't judge - I enjoyed the book for it's contrast of two different worlds. I enjoyed the book as one who often feels lost and aimless in a post-graduate world. I identified with the political aspects of civil service as well as the practical aspects of single life in the US. You may find yourself drawn to Hilary's sophisticated social upwardly-mobile scene, and/or to Kate (and husband Dave's) world of reserved stranger in a strange land, her quiet perseverence trying against great odds to make the world a better place in the Peace Corps.
A couple of asides - sometimes the language seems to get a little too "precious", which is to be forgiven. Also, it feels like so much was left out, like the book could have been twice as thick as it was somehow. One last note, should this book ever become a movie (it has a rather cinematic quality to it) I think husband Dave will steal the show, even as he played a minor role in the book, he always delivers a great performance!
Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a year) by the Ocean download epub
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Author: Hilary Liftin
ISBN: 037572608X
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Specific Groups
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books (December 2000)