Title: The Moon in the Mango Tree
Author: Pamela Binnings Ewen
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: March 21st, 2016
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 391 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 9780805447330
THE MOON IN THE MANGO TREE is an emotional and riveting tale based on the true life of Pamela Binnings Ewen’s own grandmother. Under the glittering lights of the palace in Siam, can a woman choose between the freedom she craves and the husband she loves with her whole heart? Can she have it all–or does she have to choose? And when you choose between two things you love, must one be forever lost? If you were enchanted by The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bowmann, you’ll be caught in the spell of The Moon in the Mango Tree.
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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 to give meaning and purpose to her life–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.
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A special note from the author:
What was the most challenging aspect in penning this particular tale?
Because The Moon in the Mango Tree is based on the true story of my grandmother’s life in the 1920’s–I felt great pressure to get it right. Our family is huge, and every one of us adored my grandmother, Barbara Perkins. In particular while writing, I was concerned about authenticity for the sake of my mother and her sister, both in their nineties. Their memories were/are precious. Everything had to be authentic–the story itself, the character’s reflections, their longings, desires, fears. I had her letters home during those years to seed the story, to guide me. But, as I slowly realized–those letters held surprising secrets.
In the letters I uncovered a woman I’d never known. I found that Barbara Perkins, wife and mother, was in the 1920’s, a woman searching for purpose. A former suffragette, she married my grandfather, a doctor and, giving up a promising musical career, dutifully following her husband to a medical mission in Siam (now Thailand). This was a time when most women were sheltered by fathers until they were married and safely handed over to a husband. (Inconceivable today!) Yes they’d just won the right to vote, but in most places they were still prohibited from serving on juries, or obtaining credit, or controlling property once married. Barbara longed to sing, but this desire conflicted with her duty as a wife. Given the times, she really had no choice. This is something women readers today sometimes find difficult to understand.
Barbara Perkins was a complex woman–a woman of shadow and light. The woman I’d known as my grandmother sparkled–dazzling me with stories of monkeys, tigers, elephants, and palaces and kings. But the true heart of the story is the hidden conflict between her love for singing and her role as a mother and wife. That was the great surprise. How to reveal that internal conflict was a delicate problem, the most challenging I faced in writing the story.
In Mango Tree, at the end of the decade, as in her real life, Barbara has another chance to sing professionally. This time, she has the right to choose. Some readers have said they loved her decision; some hate it. Few are neutral. But the choice does not matter as much as the fact that at last she had the right to choose.
I hope readers come away from Mango Tree with an understanding that our grandmothers led the way for this generation of women. Because of their courage and determination today woman have the right to choose to work at home or outside the home, in either case without social judgment. Today women have supportive families and social networks, legal rights, and an equal shot at competition in most work places. This is the gift our grandmothers’ generation left for the women of our own.
By the way, take a look at the photographs Barbara brought home from Siam. They’re posted on my website at www.pamelaewen.com.
About Pamela Binnings Ewen:
After practicing law for many years in Houston, Texas, Pamela Binnings Ewen exchanged her partnership in the law firm of BakerBotts, L.L.P for writing. She lives near New Orleans, Louisiana. In September, 2013, Ewen’s novel, An Accidental Life, will be released by B&H Publishing Group. In addition, in September 2013, an updated, second edition of Ewen’s best-selling non-fiction book, Faith on Trial, will be released, including a new ‘User’s Guide’.
In addition to the new releases, Pamela is the author of four novels from B&H Publishing Group, including Secret of the Shroud, The Moon in the Mango Tree (a 2009 Christy Award Finalist), Dancing on Glass (a 2012 Christy Award Finalist, and winner of a Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award), and Chasing the Wind ( a Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’). The Moon in the Mango Tree was recently honored as winner of the 2012 Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women.
Pamela’s fiction writing grows out of her faith journey, which resulted in Faith on Trial in 1999. Faith on Trial , along with Lee Strobel’s A Case for Christ, was chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in 2000. Pamela is also featured in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. An updated second edition of Faith on Trial (September, 2013) includes a new ‘User’s Guide’.
While practicing law Pamela served on the board of directors of Inprint, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the literary arts in Houston, Texas. Pamela has also served on the board of directors of the New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. In 2007 she co-founded the Northshore Literary Society. Pamela received the St. Tammany Parish President’s Arts Award as Literary Artist of the Year in 2009.
Pamela is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about the common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning.
Among other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well-received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.
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