The Moon in the Mango Tree

The Moon in the Mango Tree

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by Pamela Binnings Ewen
     
 
Can she have it all--or does she have to choose?
And when you choose between two things you love
Must one be forever lose?

It is the dazzling decade, the 1920's, and a beautiful young singer is torn between her fierce desire for independence--to create something of her own, for meaning and purpose--and a deep abiding love for her husband, a medical missionary

Overview

Can she have it all--or does she have to choose?
And when you choose between two things you love
Must one be forever lose?

It is the dazzling decade, the 1920's, and a beautiful young singer is torn between her fierce desire for independence--to create something of her own, for meaning and purpose--and a deep abiding love for her husband, a medical missionary who will become royal physician to the court of Siam. Based on a true story, one young woman will travel from Philadelphia of the Roaring Twenties to the jungles of the Orient, to pre-war Paris and Rome, in the struggle to find her place in the world.

WINNER OF THE EUDORA WELTY AWARD FOR FICTION
National League of American Pen Women

"This rich, enveloping novel draws the reader in and won't let go. For an all too brief time readers will find themselves living in another time, another place. Like Harvey's healing medicine, Barbara's inspiring music, this fiction is a kind of gift as well." Susan Larson. Book Editor, New Orleans Times Picayune.

"...deeply moving..." Romantic Times - Four Stars

"Rich and heartfelt..." Publishers Weekly

"You will have to read this one to see just how far one sometimes has to go to discover what it really is that they want in life, what will make them feel complete. A MUST READ!" --Beyond Her Book Blog--PublishersWeekly.com.

"A thought provoking enjoyable story, difficult to put down. Highly recommended." Editor's Choice: Historical Novels Review. Historical Novel Society.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In her rich and heartfelt sophomore novel, Ewen (Walk Back the Cat) bases the story line on her grandmother's life as a missionary's wife in the 1920s in what is now Thailand. Barbara is a gifted opera protégée who gives up her dreams when she marries Harvey Perkins, a medical doctor bound for Siam. Feeling stifled and afraid, she loses her comfortable Christian faith amid the rigid fundamentalism of the poverty-stricken mission in rural Nan. The couple returns home after Barbara has a nervous breakdown, but Harvey's zeal for his work soon lands them in Siam again. The love between the two is endearing, and Ewen skillfully portrays Harvey's inability to understand his wife's deepest needs and her inability to understand what drives him. Ewen's prose is laudably rich in specific and colorful detail, which becomes a problem when it slows down the pacing. Judicious cutting would have improved this overlong narrative. Barbara's questions of faith constitute the core of the book, as she struggles to define what makes up a meaningful life. Some readers will be disappointed by her final choice, while others will cheer at the ending. Ewen is a talented writer, and this is a strong addition to Christian fiction. (May)

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Library Journal

Set in the 1920s and inspired by a true story, this debut novel revolves around a woman who chooses the love of a man over her desire to become an opera singer. She follows her missionary doctor husband to Siam, where she discovers a greater and more meaningful passion for the people she helps.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781530591527
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Binnings Ewen practiced law for twenty-five years before following in the authorial footsteps of relatives such as James Lee Burke (The Tin Roof Blowdown) and Andre Dubus III (The House of Sand and Fog). The Moon in the Mango Tree is her second novel.

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The Moon in the Mango Tree 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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martylynn More than 1 year ago
I took the journey through Barbara's life in this historic tale. I found the pull she felt between family & duty versus feeling her own person believable and relevant in any period. The characters were likable.
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