“Living abroad,” says author Karen McCann, “is an opportunity to reinvent yourself that rarely exists outside the witness protection program.” Her new book, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad is a breezy and engaging look at the practical and personal ways that moving overseas hits the reset button on your life.
“Dancing in the Fountain is a delightfully well-written true-life adventure story,” says Chris Brady, author of A Month of Italy. “McCann’s writing is warm, inviting, immediately charming, and constantly entertaining. Her narrative was so good I found myself wanting to hear more about Cleveland! Now THAT’s good travel writing!”
McCann threw herself into her new life in Seville with enthusiasm and a keen appreciation for the absurdities of the expat experience. “Dancing in the Fountain is perhaps the best book about travel that I have ever read,” says Guy Thatcher, author of A Journey of Days. “It is certainly the best book about living – and living out loud – that I have ever read. It is full of wry humor and it is laugh-out-loud funny – the adventure with the snake, to mention just one.”
McCann explains that testing your boundaries is what moving abroad is all about. Dancing in the Fountain takes its title from one blazing hot night when the author and her husband found themselves sitting on the edge of a big stone fountain. Dabbling their feet in the cool water, pretty soon they were wading, then dancing in the fountain. An old man passing by growled, “Hey you two, is that any way to behave? You wouldn’t do that back where you come from.” And that’s the whole point. Living overseas, you get to try things you’d never do back home.
Karen McCann is an award-winning journalist, author, blogger and artist. She has traveled to more than 30 countries and written for newspapers, magazines and blogs. In 2004 she moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Seville, Spain.
Title: Dancing in the Fountain
Subtitle: How to Enjoy Living Abroad
Author: Karen McCann
Non-fiction: Travel Memoir
Paperback, 209 pages, SBN 978-0-9850283-0-5
E-reader edition ISBN 9780985028312
Café Society Press, Chess Corporation, Beachwood, OH
Cover and author photos: Richard J. McCann
Publication Date: Paperback edition July 18, 2012; Kindle edition August 1, 2012
Distribution: The paperback edition is available on Amazon in the US, UK and Europe and is distributed by Ingram Book Company. The Amazon Kindle edition is available now from Amazon in the US, UK and Europe. Other e-reader editions will be available from iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker & Taylor and eBookPie.