Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. Today we are happy to have a spotlight and author interview with Evy Journey of The Shade Under Thw Mango Tree.
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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.
Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction, 2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)
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.
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⚜Our interview with author Evy Journey⚜
Describe the [book/series] in 10 words or less for people who are just learning about it.
Maybe, French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre can say it best: “Life begins on the other side of despair.”
This aphorism is apt for both main characters as well as the mother in Luna’s Cambodian “family.”
Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
Luna is of mixed blood—Hawaiian, Asian, and Caucasian. Her early years were spent with a loving grandmother in Hawaii. She’s bright, idealistic, and in the beginning, naive. She craves adventure but also wants to make some difference in the world.
Lucien calls himself a creative nerd, a worldly, well-travelled young architect who, at the start of the story, is focused on building his career. But he finds Luna’s journal at his favorite café and it changes his life.
Luna’s grandmother who’s Filipino-Spanish, has lived all her life in Hawaii. She was married to a Portuguese Hawaiian. She’s warm, loving, and devoted to her children. A former teacher, she loves to garden while her boombox plays classical music. But Luna discovers something about her she didn’t expect.
Lucien’s grandparents also played a big role in his upbringing. They were former hippies who met at Woodstock, celebrated festivals at Diamond Head, and married in Japan. They ignited Lucien’s lust for adventure, supported his desire to drop out of his freshman year to travel the world, and then funded his two-year tour.
Jorani, Luna’s teenage “sister” in the rural Cambodian village, is carefree, happy and ambitious. Until she learns about her parents’ past.
There are other minor characters but these are the people who move the plot along.
Have you been to Cambodia? If not, how did you write the scenes set there?
No, I haven’t been to Cambodia. I did spend my early years in a Southeast Asian country so I’m familiar with the climate and vegetation in that part of the world. I read as much as I could find on the internet relating to Cambodia.
I read Haing Ngor’s book, Survival in the Killing Fields and Tian Veasna’s, Year of the Rabbit, a graphic novel. I saw two films based on survivors experiences, Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father and an animated French film, Funan. I had extensive communication with a young Cambodian born and raised in Phnom Penh and who has lived in London. He provided me details as well as what it’s like to live there now.
Have you been able to incorporate your previous experience in [jobs/education] in writing this book?
I wrote a journal when I was a teenager although it’s not as elaborate as that of the heroine’s. Like Luna, I spent my early years with my grandmother, a very loving woman who tucked jasmine flowers in her hair instead of wearing perfume or cologne.
This book is partly an homage to her and to all grandparents who’ve helped shape later generations. The male character’s travels to foreign countries and enthusiasm to get at least a good glimpse of other cultures echo my own travel experience.
Do you have new book in development?
No, not yet although I’ve written what could pass for a first chapter of a book. But I’ll have to see. I want my next novel to be about an artist, a painter. Art is one of my other loves. I’m also toying with the idea of a historical novel, using material from an art history paper I once wrote on illuminated manuscripts—the first illustrated books. This book would be much more demanding, would need more research.
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