Land of round doorknobs

Living in a foreign country has a strange way of reminding you of ridiculous trivia about your own country. Modern Italian doors have handles. I didn’t think much about it until an American I knew said he was going home “to the land of round doorknobs.” When we were anxious in Bulgaria, I saw the round doorknobs and felt better. And on the other hand, even water coolers weren’t any huge part of my life in America, about six months into my new Italian life, I had a sudden, inane craving for that cold metallic taste of water cooler water. Tell me I’m not alone! What little factoids of life in a new country made you feel at home or not at home?

Pamela Schoenewaldt, historical novels of immigration and the search for self in new worlds: WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, SWIMMING IN THE MOON, and UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY (all HarperCollins).

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“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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