Living on the Edge

Trade Paper – $17.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-57-3
Publication Date
April 1999
Page Count
320 pages
Trim Size
6 x 8.9

Living on the Edge

Fiction by Peace Corps Writers
John Coyne

Living on the Edge contains seventeen remarkable stories by writers who served in the Peace Corps, including well-known authors such as John Coyne, John Givens, Norman Rush and Paul Theroux, as well as work by exciting emerging authors like Mark Jacobs and Marnie Mueller. All these stories reflect the impact the Peace Corps experience had on former volunteers who write across cultures in the literary tradition of Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, and Paul Bowles. Each author has included a commentary on how he or she came to write the anthologized story.
About the Author

John Coyne was with the first group of Volunteers to Ethiopia and taught English in Addis Ababa. Later, he was an Associate Peace Corps Director in Ethiopia and the Regional Manager of the New York Peace Corps Office. In 1989, he founded RPCV Writers & Readers, a newsletter for and about Peace Corps volunteers. He is the author of more than 25 nonfiction and fiction books, and edited, among other books, Going Up CountryTravel Essays by Peace Corps Writers. He currently lives in Pelham Manor, New York, with his wife and son, where he works in communications and edits

"For anyone interested in the US and its place in the world, this collection will provide a good picture of diplomacy on a personal scale."

Kirkus Reviews

"In this unique short story collection . . . myriad facets of Peace Corps life and the culture of diverse lands are examined . . . [the authors] get to the heart of the human endeavor as they write about language, food, custom, social and familial politics, racial differences, sexual decorum, violence and disease as well as instances of deep confusion and transcendent communion."

—Donna Seaman, ALA Booklist

"A wonderful collection of stories that take you from Africa to South America to Asia while probing important issues of place, identity, and tension in a world grown closer but still suffering from a huge gap between have and have-not nations . . . A terrific idea; highly recommended wherever good literature is read."

—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal