Book Review: RASH: a memoir


Title: Rash: A Memoir

Author: Lisa Kusel

Synposis, via Goodreads:

Writer Lisa Kusel, while living comfortably in her California home, feels an unsettling lack of personal contentment. When she sees a job posting for a new international school in Bali, she convinces her schoolteacher husband Victor to apply.

Six weeks after his interview, Lisa, Victor, and their six-year-old daughter, Loy, move halfway around the world to paradise. But instead of luxuriating in ocean breezes, renewed passion, and first-rate schooling, what Lisa and her family find are burning corpses, biting ants, and a millionaire founder who cares more about selling bamboo furniture than educating young minds. Not to mention Lisa’s fear that one morning she might see the Dengue Fever rash on her young daughter.

RASH is an unfiltered, sharply-written memoir about a woman who goes looking for happiness on the Island of the Gods, and nearly destroys her marriage in the process. For anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over in an exotic locale, this is a poignant reminder that no matter where you go, there you are.

My Review: 

You know all those books that give you wanderlust? This is NOT one of those books.  It is the anti-wanderlust memoir and in that way oh, so unique.  Reading Rash felt less like reading a memoir and more like sitting on the couch with an old friend and listening to her travel disaster recap over a glass (or bottle) of wine.  This was exactly what I needed at the moment and unlike any other book on my shelf.  If you need a book to make you feel better about staying home and curling up with a good book (or 10) pick up a copy of Rash!


Thank you to author Lisa Kusel for sending me a copy of her book to read and honest review.

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Carolyn Sutton

Book Lover 💚Book Blogger 💚 Book Fairy I am a hard working mom with a full time job and not enough time in the day. I've had a passion for reading since I was 5 and lately, in my busy mom life, reading has become the ultimate guilty pleasure since it does NOT involve multitasking - which just makes me crave it even more.

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