Book Details

Travelogue, Memoir, Love Story

“Refreshingly Pure and Endearing” (The BookLife Prize)

Chicagoans Todd and Jim embarked upon a grand adventure, an open-ended transfer to Brussels. For Jim, the expat posting fulfilled a professional dream. For Todd, a former global airline executive grappling to reinvent himself as a writer, the move from his family home meant more uprooting.

Along with exciting escapades, their new life brought a succession of unexpected trials. The transplanted couple struggled to establish new roots. Isolation pushed Todd into depression. Office politics blindsided Jim. Even Sadie, their golden retriever, encountered strange new creatures—exotic snails and a precocious cat. Love, patience, and humor sustained them. Survival seemed within reach. But changing circumstances threatened to uproot them yet again.

Seasoned with blogs covering a broad array of topics posted during their residency, the memoir transports readers to Europe, showcasing the realities of expat life and the true meaning of home.


About the Author

T.D. Arkenberg

Trials & Truffles, Expats in Brussels is the sixth book and second memoir from T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publishers, ScreenCraft, and Eric Hoffer Award are among the organizations that have honored his writing. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He and his husband live outside Chicago along with their favorite Belgian souvenir, an impish tiger cat. Visit

Also by T.D. Arkenberg

Final Descent
Jell-O and Jackie O
None Shall Sleep
Two Towers
A Belgian Assortment
My One Extraordinary Life