Author: Irene Perali
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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Author: Kristen Beddard
Summary: The story of how one expat woman left her beloved behind when she moved to France-her beloved kale, that is. Unable to find le chou kale anywhere upon moving to the City of Light with her new husband, and despite not really speaking French, Kristen Beddard launched a crusade to single-handedly bring kale to the country of croissants and cheese. Infused with Kristen’s recipes and some from French chefs, big and small (including Michelin star chef Alain Passard) Bonjour Kale is a humorous, heartfelt memoir of how Kristen, kale, and France collide. – Source: Amazon.com
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Author: Clara Wiggins
Summary: From how to organise an overseas move to what to do in the event of an earthquake, the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide is a light-hearted yet in-depth guide for anyone accompanying their partner on an overseas assignment. In our increasingly globalised society, more and more people are moving to another country to work – and many of these people are taking their partners and families with them. What does it feel like to sit at home alone in a strange country on the first day your partner leaves for work? How easy is it to find the right school for your child – and what happens if your child hates it there? Where exactly are you going to track down all the ingredients needed for tonight’s dinner? And what happens when it all goes very, very wrong? This authoritative guide draws on the expert advice of more than 70 expat partners who have been there, done that and survived to tell their tales. The experts include author Clara Wiggins, who spent her childhood as a ‘trailing daughter’ accompanying her diplomat parents on various exotic postings including the Philippines and Venezuela. – Source: Amazon.co.uk
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Author: Lisa Ferland
Summary: Knocked Up Abroad: Stories of pregnancy, birth, and raising a family in a foreign country is a compilation of stories featuring the experiences of 21 mothers and two dads who took on the role of primary caretaker while raising their families abroad. These stories take place in 24 different countries and span several continents to highlight the infinite ways in which babies are welcomed into the world. Each story is as unique as the child being born. Their experiences range from the spa-like treatments for postpartum women in Japan to insatiable pregnancy cravings in the Seychelles to non-functioning toilets in West Africa. Source: Amazon.com
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Author: Brigid Keenan
Summary: With a contagious humour, Brigid recounts her adventures in the many countries she lived as trailing spouse.
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Author: Robin Pascoe
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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