Five Flights Up

Five Flights Up chronicles the adventures of Kristin Louise Duncombe, a Paris-based American psychotherapist whose unique specialty is helping “trailing wives” maintain their independence while following their careerist husbands around the globe.

Kristin, a former trailing wife herself, now has a successful career, loving family, and has just published her first book about being a “trailing” spouse. When she suddenly faces being uprooted again – this time from Paris to Lyon – to once more follow her Argentinean doctor husband, she finds she has to redefine everything she thought she knew about transition and trailing.

“Five Flights Up is hilarious and brave. With her trademark honesty, Kristin Louise Duncombe reveals the imperfect yet privileged world of being a foreigner in France.”LIZZIE HARWOOD, AUTHOR OF XAMNESIA

Kirkus Reviews calls Five Flights Up “… a smart story for smart women (and men).” It’s a book that explores with wit and candor the challenge of modern two career marriages, raising bicultural kids, and the eccentricities of life in France – from addiction to Lyonnaise cream puffs to tea time with glamorous French mothers, whose days consist of shopping and swinger’s sex parties.

“Exceedingly readable… An enormously appealing memoir.”KIRKUS REVIEWS

A comedic and poignant memoir about reinvention and living fully regardless of where we call “home,” from the runner-up of 2013’s Indie Book of the Year Award.

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