Instead, Marcie Maxfield pulls back the curtain on the globe-trotting world of an expat wife to explore issues of marriage and compromise. Moving backward and forward—both in time and between cities and countries—Em’s Awful Good Fortune is woven together thematically by bits and pieces of Em’s life: love, loss and heartbreaking betrayal. Em's booming voice is the engine that drives this narrative. She is a raw, comic and authentic. True to life, this is a disorderly journey—one that ultimately arrives at a new understanding of self-love and the complexity of relationships. Blurs the line between genres—combining the narrative voice of literary fiction with the raw authenticity of memoir.
Praise for Em’s Awful Good Fortune
“The pages crackle.” —Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Drown and New York Times bestseller This Is How You Lose Her
“Reads like your best friend’s blisteringly funny diary, especially if your best friend happens to be a stand-up comic with a knife’s edge wit . . . Find a chair, open the first page of this sizzling story, and fly around the world on that trip you’ve been itching to take all year.” —Susan Conley, Author of Landslide and The Foremost Good Fortune
"Em is the feminist response to Dangerfield's “I don’t get no respect”. A character you want to meet in a lost bar in a lost town and spend the evening laughing with. Ironic, poignant and downright funny. It is a great novel to take on the road." —Andrew Fierberg, producer of Secretary, My Art
“Maxfield calls Em’s problems those of “tagalong wife privilege,” but the novel isn’t just about that; there’s something here that’s more universal, which women in different circumstances are sure to find familiar: the notion of abandoning the care of one’s own health and happiness in the name of love of family and marriage.” — Kirkus Reviews
“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
“Ferocious and hilarious, with a writing voice so unique it will knock your socks off. ” —Corine Gantz, author of Hidden in Paris and the trilogy The Curator of Broken Things.
“Any woman who has ever sacrificed something of herself for her family will empathize with the good fortune that comes with a hidden cost.” —Jo Furniss, author of The Trailing Spouse, The Last To Know, and Amazon Charts bestseller All the Little Children
Em's Awful Good Fortune, Publisher: She Writes Press, 2021