An American-Brit in Switzerland, Nancy Freund writes novels, essays, poetry, and flash fiction. She has published two novels, Rapeseed (2013) and Mailbox (2015), an international cookbook, Global Home Cooking (2014), and pieces in numerous literary magazines and scholarly journals. She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing and M.Ed. from UCLA and her MSt, (aka MFA), in Creative Writing from Cambridge University, UK, graduating from Lucy Cavendish College in 2021.
She is currently working on a book on expats and empathy.
Rapeseed is an unusual coming-of-age story about an extraordinary woman, her bright and quirky teenage son, and their family -- because families mature and come of age too. Carolann Cooper is a synesthete with blended senses. She sees her letters and numbers and turbulent memories in color. Her family's move from small town Kansas to London cracks open her complicated history and exposes secrets she's been keeping with her husband -- and from him as well -- just as her son begins to enjoy new and dangerous freedoms abroad. Carolann must urgently figure out who she really is to reconcile her past with her family's future. Rapeseed is a multi-colored, cross-cultural novel of fine contemporary fiction.
Global Home Cooking
Inspired by the International School of Lausanne's annual International Day, when the school's diverse families share their culture's favorite home-cooked meals with the 600+ school children, this book lovingly assembles more than 140 recipes, from starters to side-dishes to desserts and cocktails, generously submitted by current and past families and friends of ISL.
It's 1976. The USA turns 200 while scrappy agnostic Sandy Drue turns 10, finds an electric typewriter in her father's office, and begins turning out page after page on the conflicting demands of burgeoning adolescence and her own quiet search for the Meaning of Life.