In an article for Malaysia’s The Star Metro, Melinda Roos discusses some of the challenges that face trailing spouses. The working partner is often quickly immersed in the stimulation of work and demands of the workplace, children make friends at school, but ”it is the wife [or in rare cases, husband] who is left at home to fend for herself and establish her own networks”.
Melinda mentions author and publisher Jo Parfitt and founder of www.expatwomen.com, Andrea Martins, as inspiration for trailing spouses: “[T]heir infectious enthusiasm about their work proves that trailing spouses can pursue their professions or create new ones for themselves”.
Melinda also recommends two of Parfitt’s books: the non-fiction A Career in Your Suitcase: The Expat and Trailing Spouse’s Guide to a Career on the Move and the novel Sunshine Soup: Nourishing the Global Soul (both Summertime Publishing 2011) for spouses trying to re-establish their careers and/or identities.
Read the full article here.