New book out!
I first “met” Lisa Webb, Canadian Expat Mom through a writers’ group I’m in. Her site is hilarious plus genuine. It’s all heart. I asked her if I could guest post and sent her a piece about how crazy a bikini wax can get in Paris for newbies who do not speak the language and find themselves half-naked and contorted with legs over their heads for zealot beauticians to rip every last hair off…
When Lisa called out for submissions to an anthology of expat stories, I immediately got busy writing a story for her book. In the prompts she said,
Is there one specific story about your life abroad? An ‘a-ha’ moment, something funny about the country you live in, a struggle you’ve had while adjusting, a life changing moment, an adventure, your most intense culture shock experience, we want to hear about it.
This made me think of that time in Paris when the company I worked for sent me for a routine annual check-up and I ended up naked just to get my blood pressure checked.
So, my story, “A Paris Job Ain’t All Macarons” was thrillingly accepted and I am so excited to be part of Once Upon an Expat.
In this book you travel around the world, with stories from all continents (okay, not Antarctica, but maybe a sequel is in the works!), where we discover veiled logic to Saudi Arabia’s codes and rules, the Congo’s allure for a mom freshly moved there, how sun worshipping is a “thing”, how Kazakhstan’s accident & emergency wards look like a scene out of The Shining in the dead of night, why moving to Kiev, Ukraine can make you cry behind your sunglasses, what going to China with $265 in your bank account feels like, why listening to a fortune-teller can change the course of your life, how to cope when your kids have been exposed to tuberculosis, how to cope when you’ve been asked to get naked for routine medical checks in France! Everything’s in here. Even a trip through IKEA. These women lay their stories out like colourful wares in the best souk. They’re funny, or sad, or shocking, or simply brave.
All author royalties will be donated to Books Abroad, helping promote literacy and education in developing countries.
Summer reading is looking great… by the way these are unfortunately not my tanned, gorgeous legs, but those of a contributor with a great story on “Le Bonjour” in France and how it opens the door to getting tasty baguettes not the stale stuff…