Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction
2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)
Finalist, Multicultural Fiction
2021 International Book Awards
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.
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.