Americashire (Paperback)

A Field Guide to a Marriage

By Jennifer Richardson

She Writes Press, 9781938314308, 151pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

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When an American woman and her British husband decide to buy a two-hundred-year-old cottage in the heart of the Cotswolds, they're hoping for an escape from their London lives. Instead, their decision about whether or not to have a child plays out against a backdrop of village f tes, rural rambles, and a cast of eccentrics clad in corduroy and tweed.

Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage begins with the simultaneous purchase of a Cotswold cottage and Richardson's ill-advised decision to tell her grandchild-hungry parents that she is going to try to have a baby. As she transitions from urban to rural life, she is forced to confront both her ambivalence about the idea of motherhood and the reality of living with a spouse who sees the world as a glass half-full. Part memoir, part travelogue - and including field guides to narrative-related Cotswold walks - Americashire is a candid, humorous tale of marriage, illness, and big life decisions.

About the Author

Jennifer Richardson is an American Anglophile who spent three years living in a Cotswold village populated by fumbling aristocrats, gentlemen farmers, and a village idiot. She is married to an Englishman who provides her with ample writing material. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband and her royal wedding tea towel collection. You can find her on Twitter @baronessbarren.