Followives

Author: Irene Perali

Language: English

Summary:  Have you ever left everything behind to follow a dream…which is not yours?
The novel Followives is all about this: five intertwined stories of wives following their husbands who moved from Italy to California to pursue unique career opportunities.

Viola, Bianca, Luna, Giada, and Aurora have just started to discover their career paths in vibrant Milan. These five women don’t have a lot in common until the men in their lives decide to chase their dream jobs in the United States.
Weighing their sentiments more than their aspirations—because there are million perfect jobs, but only one perfect husband—the women leave their lives behind to undertake the Californian adventure.
Unemployed and lonely in a new country, the followives confront endless challenges. Impostor Syndrome, hectic jobs or no jobs at all, sky-high rents and home sickness are just a few of the troubles through which these women’s stories intersect.
The heroines will question everything, including the authenticity of their love, which they have traded for their lives in Italy.

Followives explores different aspects of the immigration flow of mostly male engineers from Italy to California in the 2010s.
The often-unspoken voices of their wives provide a unique point of view that demystifies the contemporary California Gold Rush.

At first, it may seem only a romance novel, but Followives invites the reader to reflect on some critical themes of our society:
Love and career: are we willing to take a step back in our careers in favor of our partners’ careers? Do women do that more often than men?
Living far from your country: can the advantages of living in a foreign country alleviate the nostalgia for your homeland?

Whether you are from Italy, California or any other country, if you enjoy reading about complex relationships, deep psychological characterization and vivid descriptions, Followives is your next book.

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A broad abroad: the expat wife’s guide to successful living abroad

Author: Robin Pascoe

Language: English

Summary: Comforting and irreverent, encouraging and practical, Robin Pascoe’s book for expatriate wives (originally entitled “Culture Shock! A Wife’s Guide) is back in print with a new name “A Broad Abroad: The Expat Wife’s Guide to Successful Living Abroad.” It has lost none of its original empathetic and honest advice for married women who have been catapulted into a foreign country. It is essential as an entry visa, packed with emotional and practical support for relocating your life — Source: amazon.com

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Homeward bound: a spouse’s guide to repatriation

Author: Robin Pascoe

Language: English

Summary:  Like the move overseas, the move home relies on a solid and stable person to act as the emotional touchstone in order to help everyone else in the family through re-entry shock. That someone is typically the spouse. Homeward Bound is a repatriation reality check to help spouses create new, meaningful lives when they return from abroad — Source: amazon.com

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A moveable marriage: relocate your relationship without breaking it

Author: Robin Pascoe

Language: English

Summary: A moveable marriage: relocate your relationship without breaking it. With candid talk about the stress on relationships created by children, careers, money, sex, and infidelity, this book is for couples who know that moving isn’t all about furniture. Pascoe’s own relocation experiences give the book the intimacy and credibility of a conversation with a close friend — Source: amazon.com

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