Welcome to Xamnesia... where you forget who you were when you landed.
At twenty-three, Lizzie leaves her native New Zealand to work for VIP billionaires in a remote Asian oasis. Legally forbidden to talk about her employers, she starts to call her new life Xamnesia. It's not all bad living in Xamnesia -- she gets a hug from Michael Jackson and diamond watches as tips. But the servitude and secrecy of her new life destroys her self-confidence.
Even transferred to Paris, she depends on champagne, cigarettes, and hotel concierges on speed dial to help fulfill all VIP requests. Will smuggling a million dollars be what snaps her out of her fog? And can she forge a real life after so many years in 'Xamnesia'?
An illuminating, no-holds-barred travel memoir about money, myopia and men.
This memoir of a time spent primarily in an Asian oasis that shall remain nameless is certainly different. I really grew to love the author's dysfunctional family though I can see how she might have wanted to escape at times. This gives us a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich, the demands they make on their 'servants' and underlying it all, the threat of deportation if you do something wrong. In a rather Orwellian way, quite often it was difficult to know what misdemeanour had been committed but one day a colleague would no longer turn up for work having somehow transgressed the code, for example by mentioning that they felt tired. On the other hand, if your face fit then generosity knew no bounds and highly expensive presents could be yours. It certainly made for an interesting read as the author struggles to get her life in order.
Julie Ryan is the author of the Greek Island mystery series, Jenna's Journey, Sophia's Secret and Pandora's Prophecy. You can find out more about her here