Almost Home

The Asian Search of a Geographic Trollop

by Janet Brown

Certain that she wants to spend the rest of her life in Bangkok, Janet Brown moves to Thailand, only to find bombs and civil unrest in the Land of Smiles. She sets off to find her new home in Asia, looking in Hong, Kong, Beijing, and Penang with mixed results.


Janet Brown

Janet Brown is a former bookseller who lives in Seattle and travels to Asia whenever she can. Born in Manhattan and brought up in Alaska, she tends to be attracted to extremes. She hates bad coffee, bedbugs, and writing her own marketing material.

“In Almost Home, Janet Brown writes with the affability of a wise local who’s  delighted to stroll with you through her Asian city streets and wryly point out all the things you wouldn’t have noticed if you’d gone on your own. That’s what travel writing is all about.”—Colin Cotterill, author of The Coroner’s Lunch, Grandad There’s a Head on the Beach, and The Woman Who Wouldn’t  Die.

“Janet’s talent as a traveler is to immerse herself without reservation or motive in the experience, and her talent as a writer is to convey that experience without a filter. Not for her wieldy paragraphs expounding on the social significance of this or her own emotions regarding that. Instead, you open the page and you are, simply, wonderfully, there.”—Kim Fay, author of Map of Lost Memories.

"Janet Brown's poignant travelogue is less a testament to the wunderlust many of us experience at some point in our lives, if we're lucky, than it is the gnawing itinerancy many of us experience in our very souls. Certainly, Ms. Brown revels in the exoticism of her varying Far Eastern homes, and yet, whereas some people who feel that they belong to one place but live in another find themselves content in neither, Ms. Brown ultimately accommodates a peace within herself from which we can all learn. It is this simple yet elusive beauty, the everyday, universal marvels, that she so eloquently expresses and makes Almost Home so worthwhile."—-Peter Charles Melman, author of Landsman.

2013; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; 210 pages; paperback; color images
ISBN-10 1-934159-55-7
ISBN-13 978-1-934159-55-2