Author: Kristin Louise Duncombe
Summary: After a childhood travelling the world as the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Kristin has plans to build a career as a psychotherapist and put down roots in the vibrant city of New Orleans. But it seems that history is destined to repeat itself when she meets Tano, a handsome Argentinian doctor, who sets her life on a new path as a “trailing” spouse, following the MSF doctor to foreign lands full of hardship and danger.
Despite the culture shock of living alongside the MSF team as they deal with life-or-death emergencies, Kristin makes a new life for herself in Nairobi only to have her world rocked by a violent carjacking. This act of terror catapults her into a state of acute post-traumatic stress, and her life devolves into one of intense anxiety that permeates every aspect of her existence.
As her marriage falls apart, Kristin realizes that in trailing after Tano as he pursues his life’s work, she has lost herself along the way. Forced to examine questions about her relationship, career, and personal identity, she struggles to save her marriage while facing the most difficult fight of her life: reinventing who she was meant to be.
Duncombe’s debut, as humorous as it is harrowing, provides an insider’s view of an MSF marriage, the sacrifices made in the name of love, and the compromises that must be made when love isn’t enough. Probing deeply into Kristin’s tumultuous search for identity, she captures her experiences with extraordinary authenticity and honesty, ultimately discovering that trailing can lead to transformation (Amazon.it).
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Author: Alexandra Paucescu
Summary: Alexandra Paucescu is an educated Romanian woman who, by the age of 30, sees her whole life changing completely, as she marries a diplomat and embarks on a life long journey as a trailing diplomatic spouse.
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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: Lana Wimmer & Tanya Arler
Summary: As an expat spouse, how do you choose the right home for your family, transition your kids to a new country and school, adjust to a new culture, and build a whole new network of friends? Expat spouses face many questions, and this book is designed to offer straightforward answers. Written by two expats – with over 15 international moves between them – you’ll find inspiration and wisdom to handle your expat dilemmas. Get reading to discover time tested advice that will transform your expat experience into a truly amazing adventure. It’s all right here for you to enjoy, so start Unpacking! – Source: Amazon.com
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Author: Stéphanie Talleux
Summary: Avec la mondialisation, les opportunités de s’expatrier se multiplient. Les mythes liés à l’expatriation sont nombreux et la tentation de partir vivre l’aventure est forte. Et pourtant, alors que vous voici au pied du mur et qu’une décision doit être prise, vous hésitez: quelle est la face cachée de l’expatriation? Ce livre dresse un état des lieux, du point de vue du conjoint (dangers liés à son bien-être, risques de rupture de sa carrière) et apporte tous les conseils nécessaires pour valoriser son expatriation sur le plan professionnel. Fruit de trois ans d’investigation auprès des acteurs de la mobilité internationale (DRH, psychologues, médecins coachs) et enrichi de nombreux témoignages de conjoints du monde entier, cet ouvrage propose des outils adaptés et accessibles à tous pour construire son projet, se mettre en valeur et réussir dans le monde très particulier de l’expatriation. – Source: Amazon.fr
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Author: Gaëlle Goutain et Adélaïde Russell
Summary: Une proposition de travail à l’étranger pour son conjoint est une situation qui positionne alors l’autre membre du couple en accompagnateur. Ce guide aborde les différents aspects de ce vécu d’expatrié au cours des préparatifs de départ, lors de la vie sur place, ainsi qu’au retour. Grâce à une solide préparation, il est possible de tirer le meilleur parti de cette situation de conjoint expatrié, de bien en profiter sur place et, enfin, de rebondir de façon constructive après ! – Source: Amazon.fr
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