Lost and Found in Spain
An insider’s account of everyday life in an American embassy that reminds us we are all looking for our place in the world, whether on the international stage or in our own hearts.
When her husband was appointed by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Susan Solomont uprooted herself. She left her career, her friends and family, and a life she loved to join her husband for a three-and-a-half year tour overseas. Part memoir and part travelogue, Solomont recounts a time of self-discovery as she navigates a new life in a foreign country. She learns the rules of a diplomatic household; goes on a culinary wanderlust with some of Spain’s greatest chefs; finds her place in the Madrid Jewish community; and discovers her own voice as she creates new meaning in her role as a spouse, a community member, and a twenty-first century woman.
“In these pages, Susan Solomont has shared an exhilarating story of the challenges and the special joys of representing America abroad, which will inspire, educate and delight. This powerful portrait of perseverance and courage is a great gift as we navigate new changes and challenges in our life’s journey.”
“Susan’s book is so much more than a memoir of the Solomonts’ years in Spain—it is about self-discovery, adventure, reinvention . . . all through the eyes of an amazing, tireless woman. She shows us with her memories of traveling around my homeland the importance of cultural and culinary diplomacy—that one of the best ways to understand and connect with a country and people is through their food.”
“In Lost and Found in Spain, Susan Solomont makes the patriotic expatriate life her own and reminds us that an Ambassadorship is a family calling. One-part “Madam Secretary,” one part Eat, Pray, Love—Lost and Found in Spain is a candid, personal, and often humorous account of full immersion in a magical, historic culture, and a crash course in public diplomacy, told from the perspective of a woman whose journey is marked by grace and goodwill.”
About The Author
SUSAN LEWIS SOLOMONT has more than thirty years of experience providing strategic philanthropic counsel to private foundations. She frequently speaks with organizations and groups on topics such as women in business, diplomatic life, travel, and philanthropy. In 2013, she was named International Woman of the Year by FEDEPE, the leading organization for female executives and directors in Spain. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in education from Tufts University. She has two daughters, Becca and Stephanie, and a cockapoo named Stella Blu, who is the subject of her children’s book Stella The Ambassadog. Her memoir, Lost and Found In Spain: Tales of an Ambassador’s Wife, focuses on her 2008 to 2012 post at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where her husband, Alan Solomont, served as Ambassador under an appointment by President Barack Obama.
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