“The book is a great combination of lyrical, beautiful prose with the writer’s personality threaded throughout…. The reader is jarred by the dreamlike, erotic quality and fanciful descriptions of António’s Stick, for example. I think the book is witty and lyrical and accomplishes a good mix of social commentary and beautiful descriptions of Portugal and its people.”
– Sara Thwaite, Editor, Boys in the Trees, a Memoir (Carly Simon), Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen, (Julie Ann Sageer)


Fascinating and real. You bring the reader to the place that you are writing about.” – Dawn McCormack

“With her typically American intrepidness, her thirst for a good story and her power of observation, Hermance closes-in on the Portuguese she encounters along the way, bringing to us a psychological picture of the Portuguese individual and society that you won´t find on expat guides. Lastly, her unusual grasp for “Portuguese quaintness” also makes this book worth buying.” – David Peres Rebelo

“Wendy Lee Hermance’s prose and poetry are made of touching and surprising childhood memories – of shriveled apples, old pillows, fallen tree limbs, imaginary radio stations and things so difficult to put into words that we can only glimpse them between the lines of this highly compelling work.”
– Richard Zimler, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, The Warsaw Anagrams, The Lost Gospel of Lazarus


About Wendy

Wendy Lee Hermance was heard on National Public Radio (NPR) stations with her “Missouri Folklore,” series in the 1980s, earned a journalism degree from Stephens College, then served as Editor and Features Writer for Midwestern and Southern university and regional publications before settling into writing real estate contracts for two decades. In 2012 she earned a masters degree by research thesis from the University of Sydney. Her books include “Where I’m Going with this Poem,” a memoir in poetry and prose, and “Weird Foods of Portugal:Adventures of an Expat,” marking her return to feature writing – with plenty more stories on the way.



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