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Getting to Lamma

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Getting to Lamma

Madeleine Fox, a 35-year-old New Yorker, has dreamed of exotic escapes all her life, a fantasy fueled by her off-the-wall upbringing at the hands of a roving-eyed father and a Southern belle leftist mother. Now in serious need of flight from her cocaine-crazed ex-husband, Madeleine decides to follow the married foreign correspondent who has cajoled her for years to "come run away with me," but after a disastrous rendezvous in Hong Kong she goes on by herself to spend a year teaching English in Shanghai.

Alone in a threadbare hotel room, Madeleine plots revenge against men who cheat. Then, in a bicycle accident, she meets brash Shanghai dissident David Li, who wants to defect from China and leans on her. Though helping David means dipping into her life savings, letting him wound her ego, and, ultimately, embarking on a dangerous sailing trip, Madeleine finds herself propelled into a series of adventures that change her life in some highly unconventional but satisfying ways.

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Getting to Lamma
by Jan Alexander

  • Publication Date: April 22, 2002
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher:, Inc.
  • ISBN-10: 1591131448
  • ISBN-13: 9781591131441