Luna breaks out of her safe cocoon and journeys into a world steeped in an ancient culture and a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed?
Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference. She ends up in place where she gets more than she bargained for.
Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger’s journal at a café. He has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it. But they don’t stop him. His decision to go on reading changes his life.
Months later, they meet at a bookstore where Luna works and which Lucien frequents. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna volunteers for the Peace Corps. She goes to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia, and lives with a family who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. What she finds there defies anything she could have imagined. Will she leave this world unscathed?
An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.
Genres:Coming of age, Contemporary Fiction, Multicultural
Tags:interracial love story, literary romance, loss, love
Publication Year: 2020 (November)
The Shade Under the Mango Tree is an epistolary tale of love—between an idealistic young woman and her grandmother and between the young woman and a young architect. It’s a tale of courage, resilience of the human spirit, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.
Raised among adults in a Honolulu suburb, Luna is precocious and uncomfortable with her peers. She moves to her parents’ home in California when she’s thirteen and meets her brothers for the first time.
Her Grandma persuades her to write a journal as a way to share her new life with her grandmother. She tells Luna it’s a substitute for someone to whom she could reveal her intimate thoughts.
Years later, distracted and heartbroken from the breakup of her first love, she leaves her journal at a café. Lucien, a worldly loner, finds it, reads it, and is intrigued by the naïve, idealistic writer preoccupied with deep questions about life.
Months later, they meet at a bookstore where Luna works and which Lucien, an architect, frequents. Fascinated by his stories and his adventurous spirit, Luna volunteers for the Peace Corps. Assigned to Cambodia, she lives with a family whose parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide forty years earlier. What she goes through in a rural rice-growing village defies anything she could have imagined. Will she leave this world unscathed?