Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir

Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir

Marrying someone means marrying his or her family. We've all heard it before, and for most Americans, that means accepting quirks, and sometimes frustrations, of their in-laws. But what if you have to leave the familiar confines of our country's borders to really get a sense of and understand where your beloved spouse came from and what made him who is?

Author Beth Kephart shares the experience of understanding her husband's roots by traveling to his native country, El Salvador, in Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir. This brilliant work is like few memoirs because Kephart's accounts are written in such a poetic, gripping way. Her descriptions of the foreign, war-torn, beautiful land of her husband's people is just as captivating as the tale itself.

Considering herself a “white-bread,” “risk-averse” American woman didn't stop the passion felt for wanting to dig into a deeper understanding of her husband's history. Because of her love for him, she was compelled to travel to his family's coffee farm in the jungles of El Salvador, despite the risks, to gain a deeper sense of the youth that made him into the man he was to become.

This memoir is as artistically written as it is rich in moving, evocative experience. Kephart's journey to break the barriers of origin and language in search acceptance from those who meant the most to her husband is inspiring and mesmerizing. This book is for anyone who's ever felt love so deeply that they'd go the distance to truly love everything about their lover.