milujusmetana @ : I am obsessed with Jean Rhys. I read all of her books except the short stories when I was a broke college student in Prague. I had friends, but, with just a part time job, at times I still felt as lonely as some of her expat friends. Having been in expat in two cities now, I am unconvinced that her characters aren't real and running around Paris and London right now, or at least I think there really are people in similar situations nowadays. My favorite is After Leaving Mr. Mackensie.