Trailing: A Memoir

Trailing: A Memoir

by Kristin Louise Duncombe


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ISBN-13: 9781470159795
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Kristin Louise Duncombe is an American psychotherapist, consultant, and writer who has lived in France since 2001. Having grown up overseas as the child of a US diplomat, and having lived internationally most of her adult life, she has based her career on working with international and expatriate families. She has twenty years of experience in the United States, East Africa, and Europe.

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Kristin Louise Duncombe's Trailing tells the story of a young woman's discovery of herself while being  married to a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor, a man who puts his own life behind saving people in poor countries. It would seem being married to a ‘saint’ should be any woman’s dream, but not true. Her husband is very self-absorbed, and displays little understanding of Kristin’s inner turmoil, even after the pressing fear she experienced when attacked by armed carjackers.  At first I became angry towards the husband, and then pitied Kristin.  Later, I found myself seeing both sides. The husband started to be not a heroic doctor, but just an idealist who felt he had a calling of goodness, unfortunately these type of individuals often forget about the people who love them the most. Kristine  was a woman in love, put on the back burner. Like her husband she too was self-sacrificing, but hers was never acknowledged.   The idea of moving with your husband to East Africa took a lot of guts, staying took even more.  It took Kristin awhile to find herself in a foreign country in the midst of being alone and forgotten so often, and yes, sometimes she whined – so what, she’s human, and the important issue to remember is Kristin didn’t continue to whine. She persevered. Anybody with a need to be a strong independent individual, only to have that need challenged, well, you’d expect a gripe or two.   Emily Dickinson said, “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”  I believe this is true for Kristin. She dealt with the difficulty of finding a job over and over; settling for cleaning toilets over her true occupation for a time. She dealt with her fears after being attacked in East Africa by armed  men. She dealt with Cholera, witnessing a whole camp full of sick people, seeing her husband work mercilessly, disregarding his self in the process.   It’s hard to hate a guy like that, despite his flaws.  It is through all of this Kristin finds herself and answers to her marriage. This is an amazing memoir of self-discovery, its not about the explicit details of Africa and all of the problems they face each and every day. If your looking for that, then, your looking for the wrong book.  This book is about real people, facing real struggles, and that is what every book should have at the heart of it.   It is well-written, and flows easily from one idea to the next. I read it in two days. It’s one of the first memoirs I’ve seen that doesn’t bombard you with exposition, but breaks it up with dialogue, and into a real story in a linear structure.  I hope to see more of Kristin Louise Duncombe's works, because now I’m trailing behind her words of wisdom to women everywhere.