You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World
by Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman goes where others fear to tread. As a freelance reporter she seeks out stories from people on the edges. So when her husband suggests an ... Show synopsis Gayle Forman goes where others fear to tread. As a freelance reporter she seeks out stories from people on the edges. So when her husband suggests an escape from their cramped Hell’s Kitchen apartment for an extended trip around the world, she agrees—on the condition that they stick to the fringes. In these eight interconnecting stories, Forman traces the trajectory from her relatively comfortable life in New York to her sometimes extreme--and extremely personal--experiences in some of the most exotic spots on Earth. In each of these places she seeks out the most colorful characters and communities she can find. On the island nation of Tonga she throws a party for a clique of lovelorn transvestites, and in rural South Africa she tracks down the so-called Lost Tribe of Israel. Then here’s the English-obsessed Beijing doctor who pushes linguistic boundaries—and Forman’s patience—to the breaking point with his sloppy, choppy Chinglish. And in the mountains of Kazakhstan she’s befriended by a gang of Lord of the Rings fans acting out their Middle Earth fantasy games as a way to reclaim their European roots. What Forman comes to realize, and what she reveals with a sharp eye and sensitive ear, is the Big Truth: The planet is shrinking as surely as you can buy Coca-Cola in Kandahar, and yet still there’s room for us all.