LETTERS TO W

by Van Badham

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LETTERS TO W

by Van Badham

In this epic travelogue, Josie Kelly, international itinerant, hits the United States in search of adventure and enlightenment.
Falling in love, into bed and over her enormous backpack, Josie hauls through loves, lives and continents narrating her journey to her mysterious English penpal, W, confessing her desires, humiliations and the rawest corners of her soul.
Will Josie ever find what she's looking for? And is W the friend she believes him to be? While Josie tries to contain a grief she can't even share with her confidante, the unseen America she travels through quietly deals with its own deaths and intimacies.
'While this retains Van Badham's characteristic energy and pace it is a more personal journey that we witness here. Josie is a wonderfully real creation and the politics are embedded in the unfolding travelogue. Backpacking offers a girl a lot, liberation and infinite possibilities, but it can also be a crushing and ugly experience. Badham knows a thing or two about living away from home and this captures that sense of overwhelming loneliness and dangerous vulnerability. And of course eventually Badham gets the boot into a worthy target.' Chris Mead

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