21 January 2013

The Expats

I'm off to an admittedly slow start reading-wise in 2013.  I thought I'd have plenty of time on a plane trip across the country recently, but the flight was a bit bumpier than I like, and I couldn't stay focused on my favorite novel (sadly, not even Mr. Darcy can keep from getting a motion-sickness headache).  It was with great excitement that I devoted my Sunday afternoon this past weekend to reading two soon-to-be-released books for upcoming book clubs with From Left to Write.

The first of those two book was a debut novel by Chris Pavone, called the Expats. The book is pretty good - an intriguing read, well-written, full of plot twists.  This post isn't to review the book, though.  As part of the book club each of the members writes a post about something inspired by the book.

I was instantly in love with the idea that the main characters could pick up their lives and family and reroot themselves somewhere else.  I know plenty of people, given the choice, that would stay right where they are, or not go very far, to raise their kids.  My husband and I are exactly the opposite - what could be more fun and adventurous than experiencing the world with our kids?

As Americans, a long weekend trip for us can still find us in the United States.  Certainly a quick one does.  The advantage of living abroad is that a quick trip for the weekend can take you somewhere completely different from whatever your 'everyday' is - and as a complete history nerd I love that idea.  I get all kinds of excited just thinking about all the places we could go!

Before my xenophobic friends get upset - yes, I know I can do that here.  But there's something enticingly adventurous about doing it abroad ;)

This post was inspired by mystery thriller novel The Expats by Chris Pavone.  Kate Moore sheds happily sheds her old life become a stay at home mom when her husband takes a job in Europe.  As she attempts to reinvent herself, she ends up chasing her evasive husband's secrets. Join From Left to Write on January 22 as we discuss The Expats.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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