Letter from China

by Peter Froning

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Synopsis

Letter from China is a poignant and irreverent diary of the author's yearlong (2001-2) experience of teaching English to college students in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. From the very first pages, the author draws you into his struggle with a culture worlds away from his comfort zone. The author’s generous and compelling personality allowed him to gain access to the lives of his students and their families, who became characters in his tale. One can experience the author’s wit and humanity throughout the narrative.

The author's humorous view of China is especially timely and dovetails with the current explosion of interest in that country as it enters the modern world. The book is neither a travelogue nor a look at the government, although elements of those subjects are woven into the story. Instead, it is an engaging look at China, tailored toward those who know little about it. Still, those who have lived and/or traveled there will also enjoy the book as it reminds them of the absurdities they, too, experienced.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: No sexual acts implied or described
Target Audience Age: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: None

Setting

Geography: Asia
Realism: A true story to the best of the author's knowledge
Setting Type: Urban (city)
Time Period: 2000 - 2009

Main Character

Age: Middle-aged
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Humor throughout
Inspires Reader to Feel: N/A or None of the above
Mysteries & Puzzles: None or only very minor mysteries
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Negligible physical action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: No romantic elements

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About the author

Peter Froning

Peter James Froning is the author of Letter from China, an account of his year teaching English to Chinese university students. Before that he was an economic developer and former accountant (CPA) and devoted follower of the band, Procol Harum. He was raised in the small town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, but spent most of his adult life in Wilmington, Delaware, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most of his professional life was spend helping others develop small businesses, particularly within the multi-cultural world of the Land of Enchantment.