Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction, 2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)
Finalist, Multicultural Fiction, 2021 International Book Award
The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 396 pages
Genre: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction
Publisher: Sojounrer Books: Release date: November 2, 2020
Tour dates: August 2 to August 27
Content Rating: PG13 & M: There's a suicide, reference to a past genocide, and reference to sex about to happen but no description of the sexual act.
After two heartbreaking losses, Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere very different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference.
Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger's journal at a café. Though he has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it, they don't stop him. His decision changes his life forever.
Months later, they meet at a bookstore. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna goes on a Peace Corps stint to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia. There, she finds a world steeped in ancient culture and the lasting ravages of a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed?
An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.
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The Shade Under The Mango Tree, An Epistolary Novel
While cleaning some shelves in our garage, I found a tiny notebook half-filled with my musings about life, lyrics of a couple of songs, and a few passages from poetry—all written or collected when I was a teen-ager.
A few weeks later, seeking inspiration for a new novel, I thought: Why not an epistolary novel?
What is an epistolary novel? If you’re a Jane Austen fan and have read Lady Susan, you’d be familiar with it. A narrative device seldom used nowadays, it relied on letters. Now it can use journals or—in our tech-driven society—emails and text messages. A more recent epistolary novel is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, published in 2008. It’s told entirely through an exchange of letters. I read it as part of my research into this literary form while writing The Shade Under the Mango Tree.
Letters are intimate. They can convey very private truths not accessible from a person’s words or actions. In the Guernsey LPPPS letters, you meet engaging, sometimes funny characters. You can’t help loving them.
Journal entries happen across time. They chronicle how characters grow or how events unfold. A journal can be an effective device for telling a story.
Some snippets from that nearly-forgotten notebook in my garage found their way into my novel. The heroine, in her teenage years, mused about why she was here on earth in her journal. At 17, I obsessed about existential questions. Poetry quoted in the book came from the collection in my little notebook.
Those scribbles from my past were often cathartic. So, the healing potential of writing became a major theme in my novel. From the journal the heroine started when she was fifteen to the memoir she intends to write to make sense of what she went through.
Meet the Author:
Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (Ph.D. University of Illinois) so she spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with the problems and issues of contemporary life. She believes in love and its many faces. Though she has traveled to many places, she has one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She visits and stays a few months.
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