Ems Awful Good Fortune: A Novel Audiobook, by Marcie Maxfield Play Audiobook Sample

Em's Awful Good Fortune: A Novel Audiobook

Ems Awful Good Fortune: A Novel Audiobook, by Marcie Maxfield Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Marcie B. Max LLC Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200914227

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Longest Chapter Length:

41:01 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

10 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

16:10 minutes

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Paris. Tokyo. Shanghai. Seoul. Em’s Awful Good Fortune is part global romp, part dysfunctional marriage. Em is not simply married—it’s more like she’s handcuffed to her husband’s international career. Sure, they might be velvet cuffs, but still … cuffed. What else can she do but stomp her way through global capitals in search of her own identity?

Part dysfunctional marriage, part global romp, this is not your typical expat story. Em’s Awful Good Fortune is a deeply personal, marriage coming-apart-at-the-seams look at the struggle between a woman’s desire for partnership and her need for identity. Fueled by twin demons, love and rage, Em stomps her way around the world coming to terms with the fantasy of having it all: husband, kids, and a career. Em is not just married; it’s more like being handcuffed to her husband’s international career. Her life reads like a fantasy, bouncing between Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul. But—the good fortune is all her husband’s: Em is just the tagalong wife.

Maxfield’s compelling, non-linear story explores the expatriate lifestyle through the lens of a crumbling marriage, while at the same time tracing the lasting impact of sexual assault and PTSD. Em’s journey exposes the dark corners of this seemingly privileged world: loneliness, depression, infidelity, and loss of career. An empowering, uncomfortably funny narrative about compromise that every woman should read. As Em begins to value her needs before those of her husband’s career, she stops letting herself be dragged along for the ride—and ultimately emerges triumphant.

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“Em’s Awful Good Fortune takes its reader across the world and deep into the heart of its trapped, privileged, suffering, and, ultimately, invincible narrator. Equally funny and brutal, this novel breathes vivid life into a much maligned and little understood ‘type’—the expat wife. Maxfield poured her heart into the writing, and it shows: the pages crackle.”

— Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author 


  • “A playwright known for infusing humor and wit into feminist issues that are not always very funny. In her novel, she accomplishes the same as she addresses with honesty and empathy the dark side of becoming a tagalong spouse.”

    — Asian Review of Books
  • “With unsentimental humor and deep humanity, Marcie Maxfield writes with brutal grace about the journey to find the self you didn’t know you’d lost. Oh, and this isn’t chick lit. This is lit.”

    — Alan Watt, author of Diamond Dogs
  • “Maxfield calls Em’s problems those of ‘tagalong wife privilege,’ but the novel isn’t just about that; there’s something here that’s more universal, which women in different circumstances are sure to find familiar: the notion of abandoning the care of one’s own health and happiness in the name of love of family and marriage.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • Finalist for the 2021 Foreword Indies Award for Humor

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About Marcie Maxfield

Marcie Maxfield is an author whose voice is fierce, authentic, and personal. Her debut novel, Em's Awful Good Fortune, is based on her experiences living overseas as a tagalong wife. Her play Girls Together Always—a collection of coming-of-age stories about "growing up girl"—won the Encore Producer Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a teen mentor and teaches writing for a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls through creativity. She is married with two kids, a French bulldog, and two rescue cats named Hunky and Dory.

About Gabra Zackman

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.