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Writing Out of Limbo

International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids

Editor(s): Gene H. Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel with Faith Eidse and Elaine Neil Orr
Contributors: Kathleen Gilbert, Donna Musil, Rebecca Gilbert, Nancy Henderson-James, Nina Sichel, Anna Maria Moore,

Book Description

Crossing borders and boundaries, countries and cultures, they are the children of the military, diplomatic corps, international business, education and missions communities. They are called Third Culture Kids or Global Nomads, and the many benefits of their lifestyle – expanded worldview, multiplicity of languages, tolerance for difference – are often mitigated by recurring losses – of relationships, of stability, of permanent roots. They are part of an accelerating demographic that is only recently coming into visibility.

In this groundbreaking collection, writers from around the world address issues of language acquisition and identity formation, childhood mobility and adaptation, memory and grief, and the artist’s struggle to articulate the experience of growing up global. And, woven like a thread through the entire collection, runs the individual’s search for belonging and a place called “home.”

This book provides a major leap in understanding what it’s like to grow up among worlds. It is invaluable reading for the new global age.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3360-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3360-6
Date of Publication: 01/12/2011
Pages / Size: 498 / A5
Price: £49.99


Gene H. Bell-Villada, born in Haiti of US parents, was raised in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Venezuela. A professor of Romance Languages at Williams College (Massachusetts), he is the author or editor of ten books, including a TCK memoir, Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics (2005).

Nina Sichel is co-editor, with Faith Eidse, of Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global (2004), the first collection of memoirs by Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads. Raised among expats in Venezuela, she relocated many times as an adult, and currently leads memoir and guided writing workshops near Washington, DC.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4143-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4143-9
Date of Publication: 01/09/2012
Pages / Size: 496 / A5
Price: £29.99