In So Long! I’ll Be Back in 30 Years, author Margo McCutcheon takes readers on a 30-year journey through expat life in Asia and off-the-beaten-track travelogue: bizarre characters, adventures, disasters and life-changing encounters in remote places across Asia. Open the book randomly and step into the life of a Filipino girl living and thriving in a city garbage dump, an Aussie retiree dwelling in a Sinai desert cave, a 50-something married American woman living in Malaysia who discovers she’s gay, and a unique assortment of locals and expatriates calling Asia home. Escape your life without leaving home as the characters you read about endure assorted predicaments in far-flung places from Bangladesh to Borneo, cheat death in the Himalayas, encounter high living on the international aid circuit, and survive landslides, tsunamis and more.
The stories, many previously published under the author’s byline in newspapers, include controversial pieces. Touting Singapore’s political system, the author writes:
“What’s the sixth richest country? France? Nope. Russia? Nope. Brazil? Nope. Answer: Singapore … which is not the dull, authoritarian place it’s sometimes made out to be, but a dazzling model of what a country can be under dedicated leadership.”
Part-memoir, part-mishap and adventure, this book places readers directly into situations celebrating both expat life and the weird and wonderful that is Asia.
About the author
Margo McCutcheon, a Canadian freelance writer based in Asia since 1984, currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her American husband and 14-year-old son.
Category Nonfiction / Travelogue