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Currency, a Literary Thriller by Zoe Zolbrod

I like to think that there are degrees of travel.

The first is the vacationing kind: one takes a trip to a beautiful place to relax and unwind and enjoy the foreign scenery, then as soon as one becomes comfortable in their new surroundings, one jet-sets right on back to “reality” at home. 

Next is the adventure-seeking variety: one delves somewhat deeper into their international location, most often on an environmental level as they explore the local thrill-seeking tourist or non-tourist activities. 

Third, I believe, is nomadic: one travels by foot or public transportation across a country or continent, stopping briefly into big cities and small towns and experiencing a glimpse of local culture and people.

Backpackers, I believe, usually lie in this one.

And fourth is the expat: An expat has the opportunity to truly familiarize themselves with a faraway place that will one day become home.

They get to know the geography, customs, and form relationships with both the native people and the passers-by.

One of the main characters in Currency, is Robin, a relatable traveler that falls somewhere in between the third and the fourth degree.

She is a young American twenty-something that had gone to and graduated from college, held a few odd jobs, and then decided to venture across Eurasia in pursuit of her dreams.

While in Thailand, she meets Piv, the other main character.

Piv is an English-speaking Thai, equally as motivated and driven as she, that has carved himself somewhat of a touristy career in Bangkok, and before long, the two fall in love.

But what begins as a romantic story of a cross-cultural couple, quickly evolves into a chilling adventure of trafficking, desperation, and trust.

Tangled within a web of international crime, both Robin and Piv struggle for monetary, romantic, and vital survival. And consequences ensue.

Currency is neither a travel memoir nor travel guide, but a literary thriller with enough the seductive power to transport you to a whole new world.

As author Laura van den Berg said of the novel, “From the first page to the last, Zoe Zolbrod's Currency had me hooked.

I loved the boldness of voice, the visceral and intoxicating landscape, the gripping and masterfully woven story.

Currency is a thrilling and unforgettable debut, and Zolbrod is a brilliant new voice that is sure to be with us for many years to come.”

No matter where you may be or where you may be going, I highly recommend picking up this recently-released must-read.

I've never experienced anything quite like it.

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Friday 29th of October 2010

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