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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey - Book Tour + Giveaway




 
Join Us for This Tour: August 2 to August 27
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  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
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.
 
 
Book Description:

Finalist, Multicultural Fiction,  2021 International Book Awards

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.




Guest Post

The Transforming Effect of Crossing Cultures: Travel in Fiction

I’ve traveled or moved from one part of the globe to another. In the foreign places I visited with my husband, we occasionally stayed for months in cities that appealed to us. Twice, we lived for six months in one city, the longest visitors are allowed without applying for visas in the European Union.

While our travels might count as relatively moderate globetrotting, I’ve probably been socialized or exposed to more cultures than the average person. So, it’s inevitable, I suppose, that I would dig into this experience and weave it into a novel, as I have done in The Shade Under The Mango Tree.

Luna’s journal brought the main characters together. But travel is what draws them closer. Lucien’s travels to both Europe and Asia inspire Luna to break out of her sheltered and privileged life and go to Cambodia on a Peace Corps assignment. There, she not only encounters a culture very different from that she grew up in. She also witnesses the ravages on the mind and spirit of her “family”  left by the grim and deadly history they survived.

Though travel is essential to the plot, it’s secondary to the main themes of the novel. But its role is not limited to moving the plot. It is also only through travel that Luna can witness how vividly different the ancient Cambodian culture is from American culture. From the characteristic finials  on the colorful royal palace and the national museum to her harrowing experience precipitated by the lasting effects of its deadly history.

Travel transforms both Lucien and Luna. Privileged and naive when she leaves her western home, Luna returns depressed but sure of herself.  She will write a book to better understand the trauma she went through and to increase awareness of the lasting consequence of Khmer Rouge atrocities.



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.

Connect with the Author: websitefacebook ~ pinterest ~ twitter
 

Tour Schedule:

Aug 2 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 3 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 - Working Mommy Journal - book review / giveaway
Aug 4 – @twilight_reader – book review
Aug 4 - Kam's Place - book spotlight
Aug 5 – Talk of Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book review / giveaway
Aug 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 - Literary Flits – book spotlight
Aug 9 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 - Rajiv's Reviews - book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 13 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 17 - Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book review
Aug 19 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Aug 19 - Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Read with Me – book review
Aug 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 25 –Falling Into A Good Book – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 27 - Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

THE SHADE UNDER THE MANGO TREE Book Tour Giveaway


 

5 comments:

  1. Merci/Gracias/Mahalo for the spotlight on my book. I was going to say thank you but I've been saying that to previous book tour stops so apropos of your above statement, I thought I'd show my appreciation for your featuring my book in other languages. FYI, Mahalo is Hawaiian.

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  2. Thank you for sharing! This looks so good!

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  3. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading this.

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