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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Em's Awful Good Fortune by Marcie Maxfield is a dark comedy-drama novel depicting the dysfunctional marriage of a 'tagalong' wife. Em is a writer who had to leave her profession to support her husband, Gee, and the kids. They traverse the globe, moving from one financial hub to another as Gee's work takes the family to the likes of Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, and Shanghai. To the outsider, Em is living her dream life. However, this couldn't be farther from the truth as the constant switch of homes takes a heavy toll on their marriage, which is further complicated by Gee's indiscretion in Japan. Additionally, Em falls for a poet introduced by her friend Jerry in Paris. After a health scare in Shanghai, Em must decide whether her marriage is worth sacrificing her career and dreams.
Author Marcie Maxfield incorporates her own experiences of what she describes as a 'tagalong' wife to an ex-pat in this often hilarious yet tragic tale of a dysfunctional marriage. Em's Awful Good Fortune provides a stark reminder to readers that even though it's hard to have it all, how much do you compromise to save your marriage? Maxfield's narrative is filled with wit and sarcasm, casting quite a bit of commentary on workaholic husbands who refuse to acknowledge the sacrifices made by their other half. Em is a complex individual, with layers to her personality that make her utterly riveting to read. The non-linear narrative style enriches the story and keeps you hooked throughout the pages. Recommended to readers who enjoy comedy-dramas.