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A Broad Abroad: The Expat Wife's Guide to Successful Living Abroad Paperback – 20 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Expatriate Press Limited (20 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968676057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968676059
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Pascoe is well known to travelling spouses around the world for her inspirational and humorous culture shock books about being a wife and parent. She also speaks to expatriate communities and human resources groups about the challenges of expatriate and repatriate life facing the spouse and family.

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A very useful guide, but I think it's more for women moving from the "first world" to developing countries. That's mainly the writer's experience; however, she speaks of moving abroad generally as well, so I would recommend it for any wife planning on, or already living abroad, anywhere in the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Halfway Relevant 21 May 2011
By Darcey Wunker - Published on
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If you're an expat wife from the US, Canada or England whose husband's company is sending him on assignment to a metropolitan area where he will be a mid-to-high level representative, or is a diplomat (of some stripe!) and you will be making the same wage (or possibly adjusted up!) for the assignment: this book is for you.

If you're an expat wife whose husband has picked up either a freelance job overseas in developed country like America, Canada or the UK, will be on the lower end of the totem pole, you'll be making local wage, or not in a metro: pick it up from your library instead.

Much of the advice here is targeted towards women with children whose husbands will make the same wage at home, and advice about taking time for yourself is important - but for spouses like myself who live on local wage over 6 hours away from a local metropolitan area, and have no children, this book is significantly less relevant. It's a useful overview of the sorts of experiences an expat wife may face, but everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt - they simply aren't viable, or reasonable expectations, for everyone going abroad. If I had one of the maids that the author portrays as nearly-necessary and utterly pervasive, my husband and I would be shelling out nearly 1/3 of his monthly salary to pay wages for someone else.

A book about the culture of your new host country, combined with a book on cultural adjustment and relocation, would stand you in equal stead with this text - and be significantly more specific. Pascoe does a disservice to the reader in her generalization to meet all readers; it is also focused towards individuals moving from the West, rather than an individual coming from a developing country (where they may very well speak English as one of the official languages) to one of the major developed nations.

In sum: Good one-time read, great for borrowing from the library, but the information in it is rather targeted and much of it may be irrelevant for your situation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for a certain kind of expat 6 Oct. 2011
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I'm under 30 and married with no kids, and I found this book to be geared towards women who are traveling with a successful husband. There are chapters on dealing with nannies and maids... I just skipped them. Also, there seemed to be negativity or bitterness throughout as if writing the book just reminded her of the hardships of going abroad. If you're already nervous this book won't help that, but will point you to some other books and websites that are useful...
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic-- a godsend 12 Sept. 2009
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Yes, much of the book is common sense, but it completely lifted me out of a funk that had gone on for three months after moving to our first post. Before reading the book, I looked around at the other trailing spouses here and thought I was so out of place-- everyone was primped, elegant, had it together. The book helped me realize that I wasn't alone, and that I wasn't the first person ever to freak out. It helped me put words to the emotions I was going to, which then helped me talk about them with my partner. Before, I couldn't even articulate what was wrong and my partner watched helplessly as I went through my meltdown. The book helped me identify that larger community of women who are going through this kind of adjustment, and helped me push through the transition period once and for all. THANK YOU!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful to those who experience expatriation for the first time 18 Dec. 2012
By Véronique Martin-Place - Published on
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"A Broad Abroad" is a practical guide for women following their spouse abroad for professional reasons. The author, Robin Pascoe, deals with the main topics and problems that emerge in the life of those we call the accompanying spouses or partners. The practical but also the emotional aspects of expatriation are explained and followed by useful advice. With a lot of humor and numerous anecdotes, the author explains the emotional phases of cultural shock, the loss of identity, but also the guilt and resent feelings that are part of the expat women daily life. Robin Pascoe also deals with the main question that accompanying spouses are questioning themselves with, that is to say their personal and/or professional project. Other topics such as the yearly home leave, repatriation and household help are studied with objectivity and realism.

This book will be very useful to those who experience expatriation for the first time as well as those who are already seasoned expat. The first ones will keep this book within easy reach in order to tackle each step of their move and stay abroad. The second ones will find in in it some pieces of their own life and story but also answers to questions they have probably asked themselves thousands of times. In other words, the readers will feel less lonely while facing with culture shock. Finally, they will also understand that all the process and their feeling are normal.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all trailing spouses--veterans and first-timers alike 3 Sept. 2009
By Tracey Starr - Published on
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If you're a trailing spouse (or accompanying partner, or whatever term you prefer) or planning to be one, read this book! Even after four international moves, and as the editor of an expat women's magazine ([...]), I still found Robin's latest book both helpful and comforting. This lifestyle offers great adventures and opportunities, but also unique challenges. No matter how many times one survives a move or acclimates to a new city/country, just when you think you've mastered the art of relocation, a new challenge springs up and throws you for a loop. Reading this book--along with all of her others--will help you keep things in perspective. You'll laugh and nod along with Robin's mistakes and adventures, and you'll learn practical tips for thriving as a trailing spouse. Buy it and read it right away.
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