All Over the Map (MP3 CD)

By Laura Fraser, Kirsten Potter (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, 9781400168699

Publication Date: July 26, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/25/2010)
Compact Disc (7/26/2010)
Paperback (6/28/2011)
Hardcover (6/1/2010)
Compact Disc (7/26/2010)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/15/2010)

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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, 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.

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."

Kirsten Potter has won "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for her reading of "The Snowball" by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara." Her reading of "Madapple" by Christina Meldrum was a "Booklist" Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008.

Praise For All Over the Map

"Entertaining chick lit that should resonate with women striving to have it all." ---Kirkus