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 betrayal, sexual assault and the lasting impact of PTSD. A voice-driven narrative that is 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
“Em’s Awful Good Fortune takes its reader across the world and deep into the heart of its trapped, privileged, suffering, and, ultimately, invincible narrator. Equally funny and brutal, the novel breathes vivid life into a much maligned and little understood 'type'—the expat wife. Maxfield poured her heart into the writing, and it shows: the pages crackle.”
Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Drown and New York Times bestseller This Is How You Lose Her
“Brilliantly skewers the life of a “tagalong” wife. Em's Awful Good Fortune 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 who can make mince-meat out of any philandering husband. . . 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
“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
“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 and feminism.”
—Corine Gantz, author of Hidden in Paris and the trilogy The Curator of Broken Things.
“With wit, wisdom and remarkable candor, Marcie Maxfield shines a light on a secret side of the jet-set world. 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, Available 2021, Publisher: She Writes Press .