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    great expat fiction?

    I'm mostly interested in Americans in Europe, but would like something a bit more modern than Hemingway and Miller--and I'm definitely NOT interested in yuppie memoir stuff like Under the Tuscan Sun... Started Prague by Arthur Phillips but didn't like it much. Richard Ford wrote a great short story/novella called The Womanizer. The James Salter stuff is a bit affected for my tastes. The Geoff Dyer stuff is interesting but he's a Brit. So what good stuff have you read with modern Americans in Europe?

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    How about a comedy

    I wouldn't put this in the same category as Miller or Hemingway but this is a pretty funny read about an Aussie tour guide living in Europe. I actually woke the wife up a couple of times I was laughing so loud...
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    John Irving comes to mind

    Hotel New Hampshire and A Widow for One Year both fit your criteria. I like John Irving, many do not.

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    Not modern, not fiction, pre-yuppie yuppie memoir

    I recommend MFK Fisher's Two Towns in Provence. I also recommend Fisher's The Art of Eating. Although her writing is in the same genre as Peter Mayle and other yuppie memoirists, comparing Fisher to the yuppie memoirists is like comaparing Lance Armstrong's riding to mine.
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