Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean (2020)

Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean Hilary Liftin Kate Montgomery Dear Exile The True Story of Two Friends Separated for a Year by an Ocean A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance experience and time Close friends and former college roommates Hilary Liftin
  • Title: Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean
  • Author: Hilary Liftin Kate Montgomery
  • ISBN: 9780375703676
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean Hilary Liftin Kate Montgomery A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance, experience, and time.Close friends and former college roommates, Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery promised to write when Kate s Peace Corps assignment took her to Africa Over the course of a single year, they exchanged an offbeat and moving series ofA funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance, experience, and time.Close friends and former college roommates, Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery promised to write when Kate s Peace Corps assignment took her to Africa 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.Kate, an idealistic teacher, meets unexpected realities ranging from poisonous snakes and vengeful cows to serious hazards a lack of money for education a student body in revolt Hilary, braving the singles scene in Manhattan, confronts her own realities, from unworthy suitors to job anxiety and first apartment woes Their correspondence tells with humor, warmth, and vivid personal detail the story of two young women navigating their twenties in very different ways, and of the very special friendships we are sometimes lucky enough to find.
Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean Hilary Liftin Kate Montgomery

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  1. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I m somewhat surprised this was published, just because it isn t a fully developed story but a set of letters between two friends while one is in Kenya for the Peace Corps Not awful but that s just all it is.

  2. Heather Springer

    Update 1Dear Exile is a epistolary, where two friends Kate Motgomery and Hilary Liftin, promised to write each other The authors, Hilary Liftin and Kate Motgomery, wrote Dear Exile to show people that friendship s can last over long distances and last for life The intended audience is for anyone who has a friendship with another The setting takes place in Africa where Kate is at and in New York City where Hilary lives Update 2In Dear Exile so far I have learned how Kate and Hilary originally met [...]

  3. Elaine Ruth Boe

    I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did I didn t think real letters could have such entertaining, even poetic language The letters were easy to read, but not superficial or frivolous My heart broke with Kate as she struggled with her students in Kenya Hilary s descriptions of her dates and other escapades made me feel like I was there with her These women are very clever and witty writers I m envious of the treasure they possess in these letters to each other Their terms of endearme [...]

  4. Rana

    a charming collection of letters between two friends one in the peace corps in Kenya and the other in the jungle of NYC For anyone who has lived in Africa, there will be some definite identification with familiar feelings and experiences.

  5. Laura La Rocca

    NiceThis book was bittersweet, thought provoking I enjoyed it and it made me think about life and the different paths friends take in life

  6. Lara

    This was a wonderful book that has stayed with me for years If you ve ever had a best friend or been a best friend, you ll relate to the separation these two endured Just lovely.

  7. Anna

    this was the one of MANY peace corps memoirs i suffered through reading material choices were limited to our paltry communal bookshelves in the volunteer lounge of the swaziland peace corps office yway, i used to write a monthly literature review box or our volunteer newsletter, and one month i ranted about this genre below are my thoughts Dissecting the Peace Corps MemoirOne of my least favorite genres of nonfiction is hands down the peace corps memoir I attribute it to both the fact that I am [...]

  8. Liz

    Note this is an old review from my blogJust finished Dear Exile The True Story of Two Friends Separated For a Year by an Ocean by Hilary Liftin Kate Montgomery After college Kate married David, joined the Peace Corps, and went to Africa Hilary stayed in New York City and worked on becoming an adult.The book is the letters they sent back and forth They are very human letters between friends, not always recapping stories that they already know The letters show the enduring nature of their friendsh [...]

  9. Corinne Wilson

    I was impressed that real letters were filled with such insight and poetic language After college, Kate gets married and joins the Peace Corps with her husband, while Hilary stays behind and has adventures in successful adulting They re both great writers, but I confess I found Kate s missives about struggling with justice vs culture and living in horrific conditions much thought provoking than Hilary s, though Hilary does reflect being equally lost searching for affordable housing, taking jobs [...]

  10. Kate

    When I first ordered this book I was very excited to plunge into a true story about adventure and the complexity of real friendship Unfortunately, if like me you are looking for a heartfelt book like that then this is not the book for you I was left wanting so much out of Hilary and Kate s friendship I wanted them to embrace when Kate came back from Kenya and I wanted the epilogue of the book to still show they were best friends after Kate came back a changed person and that they remained in ea [...]

  11. Raquel

    Do you like being reminded how amazing your best friend is Do you sometimes wish you HAD a best friend One who would write poems for you, ask questions like they cared, and took time to tell you about their day than they did to check their Facebook status If so, this book is for you Dear Exhile Both women are witty, thoughtful, and compassionate I almost couldn t believe that the letters in this book were real they were written with such feeling that it seems impossible these two women existed, [...]

  12. Sarah

    I would rate this about a 3 1 2.I think my largest problem is it is fairly unrelatable in my world.My friends and I exchange letters and they are not nearly so well written, witty and descriptive I feel that some of the letters are just too contrived, or they have somehow been re written to make them seem interesting Maybe not Maybe these were actual letters, unedited, untouched If so, then they are both extremely good letter writers, and I am jealous of their natural flair and gift.My heart br [...]

  13. Caity

    Dear Exile was, simply put, a revealing collection of letters between two young women Kate, struggling to live in Kenya while serving with the Peace Corps with her husband, had to battle things generally perceived as some of the worst injustices in the world beating children for not scoring well on a test they weren t prepared for by their teachers, terrible sanitation in all ways possible, lack of decent food available to those surrounding them, and, possibly worst of all, the refusal to even t [...]

  14. Rebecca

    Enjoyed reading the letters between friends and getting a glimpse into life in Kenya as a member of the PeaceCorps As a twenty something, I could relate to some of the sentiments expressed about young adult life and accomplishments or rather what feels like a lack thereof One of my favorites from a letter of Hilary s When I started my first job, I remember having a separate work persona, which I couldn t reconcile with my home life Now those two personas have pretty much merged I am officially a [...]

  15. Tina

    Generally, I feel that books like this are kind of self indulgent like the authors just want to showcase how witty they are, even when writing letters that are totally not intended for publication.I liked this for the insight about Kate s Peace Corps experience, even though it was depressing.I think this book illustrated much of what I ve read about over and over in documents written to prepare people for returning from Peace Corps Overall, your friends and family might not really get what you r [...]

  16. Holly Booms Walsh

    This is the good version of chick lit the kind that is less about shoes and great sales at Barney s and about the truly deep friendships that women who are lucky enough to do so can form This book is a collection of letters written during a year s time between a girl who goes to Africa to be a teacher in the Peace Corps and her friend left behind in New York, just having graduated college and getting her first job The NY one is a bit annoying in that her life is all about loser boyfriends and j [...]

  17. Emilie

    This book was definitely engaging The letters between the two friends in Kenya and NYC were witty and insightful, but I had a really hard time believing that they were written in so formal a style I like a well written letter, but these letters included descriptive narrative that seems a bit too planned out to be spontaneous Having said that, whether the authenticity of the writing is plausible or not, the book is a great read.offering insights into both the world of impoverished Africa and a co [...]

  18. Caeli

    This was my first peace corps memoir I have read Having the two friends publish their letters made it entertaining to read, I could not put this short read down I read this book because I wanted to learn about peace corps I found that the age of these two women was relatable to me just finishing my degree and figuring out what to do next in my life It was easy two ready because these women are expressing their inner thoughts in paper to each other as they cannot do in passing moments of time to [...]

  19. Ali

    This is, by far, my favorite Peace Corps book Most are flowery and overbearing in their descriptions of beauty, Mango Elephants in the Sun comes to mind The title even makes me cringe This book is between two friends one who goes to Kenya with her husband to teach and the other who lives life in New York I read this once during Peace Corps and was lucky to find it hiding in a stack of books at the recent library book sale for 1 As I read it again, it struck me how many stories were similar to ou [...]

  20. Sue

    Kate Montgomery and Hilary Liftin were college roommates After graduation, Kate and her husband David went to Kenya with Peace Corps Because of difficulties with their posting, they left after a year and returned to the States The book is from the collection of letters Kate and Hilary wrote to each other during that year.Drama Kate and David s post was changed after a few months due to the water being unfit to drink Their second post was only a little better water was OK but the school situation [...]

  21. Joselle173

    While Kate and her husband are in the Peace Corps serving in Kenya and Hilary is in NYC living Sex in the City or so it seems , they correspond to each other The book is a compliation of their letters to each other While the reviews of the book seemed to indicate the book is a deep exploration into friendship and modern women s lives, I found it to be less in depth The letters felt like two women bantering back and forth, even about serious things They are definitely witty, humorous letters, th [...]

  22. Robin

    I really enjoyed reading this book It was a quick read, and I also didn t want to put it down Two women, Hilary and Kate write letters to each other while Kate and her husband, Dave, are in Kenya with the Peace Corps I was able to read about Kate and Dave being teachers in a Kenyan school, and it being so awful that they end up leaving both schools, but making it the full year abroad.Hilary is in NYC, and moves jobs quite a bit, but always has something that she s doing She also moves and dates [...]

  23. Donna

    Letters sent back and forth between Hillary finding her way in a new career in New York and her friend Kate volunteering with the Peace Corps in Africa capture a year in their lives.Good thing Both of these ladies are very relatable Hillary for knowing that a guy is bad for her but still pining after him and Kate for being so willing to try and help African students.Bad thing The epilogue didn t ruin the book for me, but it definitely flattened the enjoyment.I enjoy epistolary novels and these a [...]

  24. Kelly

    It was a quick read, but very moving The accounts of what 2 peace corps volunteers witness and experience in Kenya can be bizarre, gross, and sad, but they can also be inspiring, silly, and uplifting The experiences of the girl in New York are a reminder that despite the turmoil on the other side of the world, life goes on here in America We take many things for granted It also reminds us that your own pain is not always lessened by empathizing with someone else Perspective sometimes just makes [...]

  25. Tayla

    This was an interesting read It consists of letters written between two college friends One serving in the Peace Corp in Africa, the other working some vaguely described office job in NYC The juxtaposition is inherently appealing and it makes for a pretty quick and interesting read I somewhat question the claim that these are the original letters, though To my mind there must have been some editing embelishment, but I may just be a cynic A great read if you re thinking about the Peace Corp or if [...]

  26. Bridget

    While I was reading this book I couldn t help but think of my best friend Eli and I We live so far apart well not far enough for an ocean to separate us, but a sizable amount of land and are both trying to figure out who we are and how we can make a difference in the world I throughly enjoyed this book Every time I send a letter or postcard I think of how it would be a really cool primary source fifty years from now I know journaling can have the same effect but writing letters seems to open the [...]

  27. Kim

    Disheartening but true It s hard when you try to take a snapshot of an experience like the Peace Corps Hopefully readers will understand that it doesn t represent everyone s experiences Really loved the quick humor and real emotions of the friendship I actually laughed out loud at a few points The contrast between what the two friends were going through was perfect A good read but not a must read.

  28. Mandi

    The sad thing is that you know from the very start that the friend who does Peace Corps Early Terminates her service since the title says she is only there for a year However, I find this a wonderfully accurate portrayal of what the hardships of Peace Corps are really like Plus, the accounts of what the other friend is doing in New York adds to the story line and makes teh whole thing fun to see the contrast between what 2 20something friends are doing.

  29. cindy

    Letters between two college roommates, one who upon graduation joins the Peace Corps with her husband and moves to rural Kenya, and the other who moves to Manhattan and tries to find love and success in the big city There were some passages that reminded me of conversations that I had with good girlfriends, and it was comforting to see the womens friendship which helped them get through anything, whether online dating or corruption in rural Africa.

  30. Kristen

    I read this book with a very good friend while I was at home on vacation from Peace Corps We were taking a road trip and we read the letters out loud to each other along the way It was really interesting to be experiencing the process of being in touch with a friend while reading about someone else doing the same thing.It was interesting to see so many of my thoughts and feelings reflected back to me in someone else s writing.

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