Jessica Pan completed her master’s degree in journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She was the executive editor of a major Beijing magazine and published more than one hundred articles in newspapers and magazines around the globe.
Rachel Kapelke-Dale is pursuing a PhD in cinematographic studies at University College London. She is a widely published writer of short fiction.
Both authors live in London.
Two best friends document their post-college life in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.
Fast friends since they met at Brown University freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depthand brutally honestweekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from near-death run-ins to breakups and breakdowns.
Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.