A picture postcard description of the exotic land of the Far East and her husband's job lured Margie Tovrea to Japan in June 1997. Past international assignments had landed them in St. Croix in the U. S. Virgin Islands, Aruba, Panama, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. But nothing had prepared Margie for the isolation she would face in Japan.
The only English words that reached her ears were those uttered by her husband, Stan, and television's CNN International. Due to the language barrier, Margie could neither converse with neighbors nor identify food in the grocery stores.
Then in August 1997, a miracle happened! Margie was reunited via email with her friend, Sandy Davis, whom she had met in Saudi Arabia. While Margie was "losing it" in Yokohama, Sandy, who had returned to the U. S., was "kickin' it" in Houston, Texas.
"Emails from the Edge" is the actual correspondence between an expatriate wife and a Houston housewife who laughed and cried as they shared each other's life on-line almost every day for seven months. You will laugh and cry also as you read this story of deep friendship and understanding.
I highly recommend "Emails from the Edge" to anyone who has at any time dreaded grocery shopping or spending time with family, friends and neighbors.
This report prepared by Joan Moore Lewis