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A Broad Abroad in Thailand: An Expat's Misadventures in the Land of Smiles
By Dodie Cross
Saturday, January 13, 2007

Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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This is the synopsis of A Broad Abroad in Thailand, to be available in June of 07.

The story follows the adventures of this newlywed expat as she tries to settle into her new home and a life full of challenges she could not have foreseen.

Her troubles begin soon after her arrival in this exotic land: from the eastern squat toilet that she must learn to use, to the auto accident on the deadly Sukhumvit Highway that should have taken her life, to the final insult—bladder surgery performed by an inscrutable Thai doctor who decided to surgically restore her virginity, and an intolerant nurse who is after her with a vengeance—and an enema tube. To complicate matters further, she leaves the hospital A.M.A. (Against Medical Advice) and has to beT medevac'd back to the States with her catheter tube swaying in the breeze. As if that’s not enough to slow down even the most determined of women, she has to deal with her husband’s insatiable testosterone level—a textbook case of sexual fixation.

Interwoven throughout the fabric of her day-to-day life is an undercurrent of absolute control and jealousy perpetrated by a most unlikely source: the boss's wife, Ms. Anorexia, who manipulates the wives of the employees with her need to govern every aspect of their lives, from shopping, to entertainment, to friends.

In the end, it's her unflagging sense of humor that sees her through all obstacles, from the first pitfalls and pratfalls in her new land, through times of seemingly insurmountable problems.

       Web Site: abroadinthailand.com

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Reviewed by Sherry Fisk 10/2/2007
I'm about 3/4 way through this book. I will be sad when it's over! What a hoot! Now I'm dying to visit Thailand. Can't wait until she finishes the next book! My husband keeps wondering why I'm laughing outloud as I'm reading in bed (when he's trying to sleep). Dodie's the Erma Bombeck/Augusten Burroughs with a little Carl Hiaasen thrown in, of Chelan! Thanks for the romp! I will reccommend this to everyone!


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