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Matt’s writing career stretches back to a letter he wrote in the fourth grade to President Ronald Reagan.
It is appalling that a 9-year old kid would speak to the Leader of the Free World as boldly and as presumptuously as Matt did in that letter.
In fact, if someone spoke to Matt now in the same tone he himself used with the President 30 years ago, Matt would slap that guy in the face. The US and the Soviet Union never came to nuclear blows though, so that letter must have done some good.
After single-handedly saving the world from nuclear destruction, Matt taught English in China, imported kitchenware into the US, and screwed down payroll for a national apparel retailer. Along the way, Matt has never stopped writing. He has written for the Hurriyet Daily News and Today’s Zaman newspapers in Turkey, and he blogs at mattkrause.com.
By the way, he has never forgotten his college-era dream of walking from Cork, Ireland, to Ho Chi Minh City, but he should probably get that done before he is 70 and needs hip replacement surgery.
The author really gives you insights into the culture and how the people live.
I enjoyed reading this book simply because the author was telling a sincere tale of his experience and it was intimate enough to feel like he was sitting with me.
A Tight Wide Open Space by Matt Krause The beautiful image on the cover reminds a person of solitary beginnings and solitary endings.
I have a fondness for Turkey having lived there. This book renewed my love of Turkey and the people. If you plan on traveling there I would suggest reading this book. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Gayle C. Solberg
Once a friend of mine had postulated that if a writer wants to be read by masses he/she has to include love, sex, history, suspance, tension, conflict of egos, civilizations and so... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Bulent Ozsoy
The title, "Tight Wide Open Space," perfectly reflects the charismatic, crazy, contradictory nature of the city that is Istanbul, where most of the incidents in the book are based. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Serpil
Matt Krause's newest book, A Tight Wide-open Space: Finding Love in a Muslim Land, is a touching, intimate and informative glimpse into the life of an expat. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Kathleen H. Gundogdu
In a Tight Wide Open Space author Matt Krause takes you on a journey into a relationship and another country. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Helene E Tozier
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
This is a story of one man's 6 year adventure in Turkey. The author writes in an easy, down to earth style that invites you in to share this... Read more
Matt Krause has written a moving memoir about his love affair with Turkey and the woman who led him there. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Jesse Scinto