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"Written with eloquence and raw honesty, Laura Stephen's insightful journey provides a rich resource for expatriates and others struggling with the challenges of a major life transition." Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition. "Touch, taste, and feel the incredible paradoxes inherent in an expatriate lifestyle." Ruth E. Van Reken, author of Letters Never Sent. "A treasure trove of understanding and resources." Anne P. Copeland PhD, author of Global Baby. "Stephens graciously takes us along on her downward spiral into depression, then details what helped as she makes her triumphant journey back." Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Springtime Books (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904881807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904881803
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,207,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When husband, David, received the job offer of a lifetime to head up his company's office in Houston, Texas, it could not have come at a worse time for Laura. Their young children were settled and thriving in the home that she cherished, she was close to launching her own career as a counsellor and her parents had moved nearby to enable them to spend quality time with their grandchildren while they still could. To say Laura was conflicted would be a sweeping understatement. But, her love and loyalty for her high flying husband meant that she was determined to do the right thing even when her heart was screaming "no". Besides, exchanging the grey and dripping skies of England for the endless horizons of Texas had its attractions. How bad could it be? "An Inconvenient Posting" is an agonisingly candid and raw account of loss and transition. Dark and broody but revelational and comic at the same time, this book will resonate with anyone who has found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Did Laura live the American dream? You best read the book to find out.
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`An Inconvenient Posting' is an autobiographical memoir that can be read as a novel, of Laura J Stephens, a British psychotherapist, about her life as expat wife and her unexpecting depression.

For Laura and her family, a move to Houston appeared as a great adventure, an American dream. With a previous posting, followed by a stint in her home country where she trained as a psychotherapist, she believed that another move would be straightforward. She couldn't have been more wrong. She did not expect such differences between the UK and USA, she struggled with a loss of identity and confusion with her past life. She slowly sinked into depression and wanted to discover the causes of it to find a way back to herself.

This book, written with honesty, hope and humour, is for anyone lost in depression, struggling with loss - of identity, home or family and friends, and also for anyone facing a move, a posting, giving good advice for any expat.

The book contains a second-part of a comprehensive self-help section with tips on building emotional resilience while on the move, recognising depression and the `Do's and Don'ts' of a depressive episode - written by the therapist who has been there. There is also an interesting section on recommended resources.
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