Em's Awful Good Fortune
Part dysfunctional marriage, part global romp, this is not your typical expat story. Em's Awful Good Fortune is a deeply personal, marriage coming-apart-at-the-seams look at the struggle between a woman's desire for partnership and her need for identity. Fueled by twin demons, love and rage, Em stomps her way around the world coming to terms with the fantasy of having it all: husband, kids, and a career. Em is not just married; it's more like being handcuffed to her husband's international career. Her life reads like a fantasy, bouncing between Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul. But-the good fortune is all her husband's: Em is just the tagalong wife.
Maxfield's compelling, non-linear story explores the expatriate lifestyle through the lens of a crumbling marriage, while at the same time tracing the lasting impact of sexual assault and PTSD. Em's journey exposes the dark corners of this seemingly privileged world: loneliness, depression, infidelity, and loss of career. An empowering, uncomfortably funny narrative about compromise that every woman should read. As Em begins to value her needs before those of her husband's career, she stops letting herself be dragged along for the ride-and ultimately emerges triumphant.
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--Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao "A fast-paced, blink-and-you'll-miss-it whirlwind of a book capturing the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a 'tagalong' expat wife. Marcie Maxfield will take you on a global ride--and personal journey--in this funny, poignant novel."
--Stephanie Suga Chen, author of The Straits Times bestseller Travails of a Trailing Spouse and Disunited Nations: International School Mums at War "Em's Awful Good Fortune is ferocious and hilarious, with a writing voice so unique it will knock your socks off. This breathless story of a woman's attempt at balancing love with self-love as she navigates the few joys and many pitfalls of the tagalong life will keep you reading until the wee hours, and might even change the way you view marriage, travel, and feminism."
--Corine Gantz, author of Hidden in Paris and the trilogy The Curator of Broken Things.