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. He has published eight novels and edited, among other books, Going Up Country: Travel Essays by Peace Corps Writers. In 1989 he founded RPCV Writers & Readers, a newsletter for and about Peace Corps volunteers.
"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