Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Message From a Blue Jay Book Launch and Virtual Tour

And the winner of the giveaway is:  SUSAN GRIER

The Tour Starts Here!

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Faye Rapoport DesPres's debut book--one writer's story of love, loss and her journey home.

From an astonishing blue jay to a lone humpback whale, from the back roads of her home town to the streets of Jerusalem and the Tower of London, debut author Faye Rapoport DesPres examines a modern life marked by a passion for the natural world, unexpected love, and shocking loss, and her search for a place she can finally call home in this beautifully-crafted memoir-in-essays.

Three weeks before she turns forty, nothing about her life fit the usual mold. She is single, living in a rented house in Boulder, Colorado, fitting dance classes and nature hikes between workdays at a software start-up that soon won't exist. While contemplating a sky still hazy from summer wildfires, she decides to take stock of her nomadic life and to find the real reasons she never settled down. The choices she makes from that moment on lead her to re-trace her steps both in the States and abroad as she attempts to understand her life. But instead of going back, she finds herself moving forward to new love, shocking loss, and finally, in a way that she never expects, to a place that she can almost call home.

Readers who love the memoirs and personal essays of such rising contemporary writers as Cheryl Strayed, Joy Castro, and Kim Dana Kupperman, will appreciate Faye's observational eye, her passion for the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it, and her search for the surprising truths behind the events of our daily lives.

From the author:  "'I'm sitting on the back deck of the Boston-area home I share with my husband, Jean-Paul. The trees near the back fence are bursting with birds. The squirrels, as usual, are stealing seeds from the bird feeder. I spent many mornings, and evenings, on this deck while I was writing Message From a Blue Jay. It's hard to believe that the moment of publication has finally arrived! Maybe that's why a blue jay flew onto the deck a little while ago and stole some cat food. They always want to have the last word . . .  "

From the publisher: We're thrilled to be publishing this book. It's a book to savor, one essay at a time, as Faye chronicles her difficult "middle decade". It's one of those books that make you nod in agreement as you read, experiencing the passages we have in common and gleaning new insights to their meaning. What makes it different is the way the author's love of nature wraps itself in and around each essay, each new vignette. 

It's truly a book to cherish, a book to share, a book to give as a gift.

And one winner will share that journey!

Follow Faye as she visits blogs on her Virtual Tour. Leave a comment on the posts on each blog and earn entries in our giveaway. Return to this blog, the book's Fan page on Facebook, or the Buddhapuss Ink Facebook page and click on the giveaway link for more ways to earn entries.

The WINNER will receive a personalized, signed copy of Message From a Blue Jay along with swag from us.

Here's the Virtual Tour Schedule:

5/14  Buddhapuss Ink
5/15  The Early Draft 
5/19  My Machberet


The fine print: Giveaway prize can only be shipped to addresses in the US or Canada.
Giveaway ends at midnight on May 29th.

Buy the book - Paperback or Kindle 

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