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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (562 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Fraser Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Laura Fraser, the New York Times bestselling author of An Italian Affair, buys listeners the plane tickets and takes them in search of adventure and romance, as she wonders whether it’s possible, in midlife, to have it all.

On a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to celebrate her fortieth birthday, Laura Fraser confronts the unique trajectory of her life. Divorced and childless in her thirties, she found solace in the wanderlust that had always directed her heart—and found love and comfort in the arms of a dashing Frenchman. Their Italian affair brought her back to herself—but now she wonders if her passion for travel (and for short-lived romantic rendezvous) has deprived her of what she secretly wants most from life: a husband, a family, and a home.

When her Parisian lover meets her in Oaxaca and gives her news that he’s found someone new, Laura is stunned and hurt. Now, it seems, she has nothing but her own independence for company—and, at forty, a lot more wrinkles on her face and fewer years of fertility. How is Laura going to reconcile what seem to be two opposite desires: for adventure, travel, great food, and new experiences, but also a place to call home—and a loving pair of arms to greet her there?

So she globe hops. What else is a travel writer to do? From Argentina to Peru, Naples to Paris, she basks in the glow of new cultures and local delicacies, always on the lookout for the “one” who might become a lifelong companion. But when a terrible incident occurs while she’s on assignment in the South Pacific, Laura suddenly finds herself more aware of her vulnerability and becomes afraid of traveling. It seems as if she might lose the very thing that has given her so much pleasure in her life, not to mention the career she has built for herself as a world traveler and chronicler of far-flung places.

Finding herself again will be both more difficult and more natural than she imagined. Ultimately, Laura realizes the most important journey she must take is an internal one. And the tale of how she reaches that place will captivate every woman who has ever yearned for a different life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/18/2014

    " This memoir is a good read. Laura's writing assignments take her all over the world, living a fascinating life full of adventure that most people would be envious of. But there is something important missing in her life and Laura takes us along for the ride on her emotional journey to become strong, independent and satisfied. Definitely would recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jo | 2/17/2014

    " I probably should have read this 20 years ago; though well-written, it just seemed self-indulgent. Not in a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Annette | 2/6/2014

    " Sad to say, but I found this book immensely depressing. It followed the theme of wildly popular, "Eat,Pray,Love." Laura's tale paralleled Elizabeth's and both, through travel and writing, found balance. Though the overall tone of this book brought my mood down, I appreciated the glimpse that Laura gave of us of her life and challenges. Particularly, as a woman, I felt that her honesty about her age, position in her life and society was captured and expressed with grace and endearment towards anyone that may be in a similar position. I probably wouldn't read this book a second time, but am very happy to have read it. It made me appreciate my individuality and made me curious about a few new places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bkh4 | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed the book for the glimpses into a lifestyle full of traveling. I didn't so much enjoy the soul-searching aspects of the author's attempt to find fulfillment and peace in her life. "

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About the Author

Laura Fraser is a San Francisco-based journalist and the author of the New York Times bestseller An Italian Affair and Losing It. Her articles have been featured in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, Vogue, Mother Jones, Health, and numerous other magazines, as well as anthologies. Fraser has taught writing at local universities and national workshops. She works with several other San Francisco writers and filmmakers in a collective called the Grotto, where she also regularly teaches classes.