The author and pal Michael Charles recently published it. Michael just alerted me to it via email. It’s his
first published work of fiction. It was also quite a surprise to learn about it. I was about to send
him a message to find out what he’s been up to lately. But, now I know. He’s
been busy writing.
I met Michael first in Bangkok in the fall of 2008 and we’ve enjoyed
some parallel experiences in Yangon and Mandalay. I’ve ordered it and I’m certainly
looking forward to reading it.
A small group of teachers from around the world start their
careers in a new and exciting school in Mandalay, a city in northern Myanmar.
They form lasting relationships with one another that shape and define the rest
of their lives. From their students and each other they learn about love and
life until one event, equally hopeful and tragic, sends cracks through the
foundation of their community and threatens to bring everything crumbling down
around them. In his debut novel, Michael Charles tells the poignant yet
inspiring stories of these people. They arrive in Mandalay separately but leave
intertwined. The grand spiraling conclusion brings the characters back together
from across borders, grown and changed for a last bittersweet moment, one that
all started in Mandalay.