- Tapa blanda: 221 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (24 de mayo de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1470159791
- ISBN-13: 978-1470159795
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.290.689 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Trailing: A Memoir (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 may 2012
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Trailing: A Memoir was VOTED ONE OF THE BEST INDIE BOOKS OF 2013! Something unexpected occurs when Kristin Louise Duncombe moves to New Orleans to begin her adult life as a psychotherapist: She falls madly in love with a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor, abandons all of her plans, and follows him on a medical mission to East Africa. Faced with the dual culture shock of Kenya and life with the MSF team, Kristin struggles to craft a new existence in a context of mishap, witchcraft, and the life or death stakes of the MSF world. Just when she has managed to establish a life for herself in Nairobi, a violent carjacking catapults her into a state of acute post-traumatic stress, and her life thereafter devolves into a world of intense anxiety that permeates every aspect of her existence. 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: saving herself. Duncombe’s debut, as humorous as it is harrowing, provides an insider’s view of an MSF marriage and the humanitarian crisis in East Africa. Probing deeply into her tumultuous search for identity, she captures the essence of the experience with extraordinary authenticity and honesty. An altogether life-altering journey to the core of the human soul, Trailing: A Memoir is a compulsive page-turner, as fascinating as it is life affirming.
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Kristin Louise Duncombe is an American psychotherapist, consultant, and writer who has lived in France since 2001. Having grown up overseas as the child of a US diplomat, and having lived internationally most of her adult life, she has based her career on working with international and expatriate families. She has twenty years of experience in the United States, East Africa, and Europe.
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We meet the author as she’s finishing up college. She tells of how she grew up in “exotic” countries due to her father’s military career. Duncombe meets and falls in love with an Argentinian doctor. We are told while she longs for stability, she marries into a life of constant flux and insecurity.
The author and her spouse, a Medicins Sans Frontiers doctor, first travel to Nairobi then to Uganda and finally to Paris, France to live. She skillfully weaves details of local life, the MSF team and her emotions together. I had to keep turning the pages!
I was drawn by her honesty and the ability to capture tiny, seemingly insignificant, details of life abroad but ones that made me feel like I was there. She’s transparent and relatable, alternately sharing her failures and successes as she tries find her rightful place as a professional and a wife, too. I could picture myself sitting across the table and chatting with her!
Both the story and her storytelling ability make it a clear 5-star memoir in my book!
In a nutshell, "Trailing" is the story of Kristin Louise Duncombe, who as a young wife gave up plans of her own professional life to follow her husband, a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) doctor, to East Africa - first Kenya and then Uganda. To anyone who has followed a spouse to an overseas assignment and put their own career on hold, or even gave up on it altogether, this story will ring very true. It doesn't matter where you've been posted to - although, having lived in Africa as a trailing spouse myself, it was particularly vivid for me. The issues so grippingly described in "Trailing" - of losing your identity, not knowing your purpose in life, and dealing with an evolving relationship that by necessity gets refashioned in every new place you live - will speak to anyone who has hitched their wagon to someone else's ambition. If you've made it your main purpose in life to stay home and raise a family while lending support to a spouse who is the main breadwinner and whom you therefore follow from assignment to assignment, no questions asked, you will find something of yourself in Kristin's saga.
In some stretches Kristin sounds a bit whiney: She was not every open-minded towards her new home, was too readily spooked, and might have made things much easier by being less self-absorbed. At least that was my impression. But then again she was only in her twenties and newly-married. In any case, even if you feel like you might not have made the same choices in Kristin's situation, her story still speaks powerfully to anyone who's ever doubted their own choices regarding career, marriage, and child-rearing.
You don't even have to move abroad to wonder where your life has led you and whether you've become what you wanted to be.