Em's Awful Good Fortune


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.3 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Marcie Maxfield's voice is fierce, authentic, and personal. Her debut novel, Em's Awful Good Fortune, is based on her experiences living overseas as a tagalong wife. Her play Girls Together Always--a collection of coming-of-age stories about "growing up girl"--won the ENCORE! Producer's Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Maxfield lives in Los Angeles, where she is a teen mentor and teaches writing for a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls through creativity. She is married with two kids, a French bulldog, and two rescue cats named Hunky and Dory. They live in Los Angeles, CA.


"Equally funny and brutal, this novel breathes vivid life into a much maligned and little understood "type"--the expat wife."
--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.