Five Flights Up

Book Cover: Five Flights Up
Editions:Paperback: £ 10.00
ISBN: 978-1523472260
Pages: 272
Kindle: £ 2.30

Sex, Love, and Family, from Paris to Lyon

Kristin Louise Duncombe

“How can you be sick of living in Paris?”

Life unravels when American psychotherapist Kristin Louise Duncombe faces being uprooted again—to follow her husband from their secure nest in Paris to bourgeois Lyon. The result is a touchstone memoir for anyone facing a move, dealing with marital ghosts, or confronting the professional death of starting anew.

Duncombe’s unique specialty is helping “trailing spouses” maintain their sanity while following their other half around the globe. But she must reconfigure everything she thought she knew about her "expat expertise" when her child sinks into existential crisis, addiction to Lyonnais cream puffs blooms, and tea time is to be had with glamorous French moms whose sex lives include swingers’ parties.

This boisterous, big-hearted book provides a compelling glimpse into love, family, and sex in France, and a modern family grappling with the inevitable downs - and ups - of building a new life.

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Reviews:Meg Bortin, author of Desperate to be a Housewife wrote:

An insightful memoir of life in France in which the author and her multi-cultural family embrace the wisdom, step by step, that home is where the heart is.

Lizzie Harwood, author of Xamnesia wrote:

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.

Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris wrote:

A must-read for any woman coping with monumental transitions, and who has felt they have lost their way along this trajectory we call life.


Author: Kristin Duncombe

Kristin Duncombe is an American psychotherapist, consultant and writer who has lived in France since 2001. She has based her career on working with international and expatriate families following her own experience of growing up overseas as the child of a US diplomat, and having lived internationally most of her adult life. She is the author of "Trailing: A Memoir", which chronicles her experiences becoming a “trailing spouse” and following her Médecins Sans Frontières husband to the frontlines of disaster and disease in East Africa. She is currently working on another book project entitled "Raising Global and Mobile Children – Challenges and Solutions for International Families" based on the popular lecture she has offered in the international school circuit in Paris since 2005. Kristin divides her time between Paris and Lyon, France.