Release Date: July 21, 2020
About The Book:
I think we should take it through Guatemala.A random text from a stranger inspires agoraphobic Colin to leave New York. His first stop is Brownsville, Texas, where he meets the sender, half-Mayan Luci Bolon, her ancient but feisty great-uncle Ernesto, and Miss Mango, a bright-orange Kubota tractor. Ernesto’s dream is that Miss Mango be driven to Belize and given to the family he left behind nearly seventy years ago. Colin agrees to join Luci on the long journey through Central America. In 1949, seventeen-year-old Belizean Ernesto falls painfully in love with Michaela, an American redhead nearly twice his age. Their brief but intense affair changes everything Ernesto has ever known. When she leaves, Ernesto is devastated. Determined to find her, he “borrows” a donkey from his uncle and starts off for Texas. He meets a flamboyant fellow traveler, and the three of them—two young men and the donkey they name Bee—make their way to America.The past and present unfold through two journeys that traverse beautiful landscapes. Painful histories are soothed by new friendships and payments of old debts.
About The Author:
Karen Winters Schwartz wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did not write again for forty years.
Her widely praised novels include WHERE ARE THE COCOA PUFFS?, 2010; REIS’S PIECES, 2012; and THE CHOCOLATE DEBACLE, 2014 (Goodman Beck Publishing). Her new novel, LEGEND OF THE LOST ASS, was released by Red Adept Publishing on July 21, 2020.
Educated at The Ohio State University, Karen and her husband moved to the Central New York Finger Lakes region where they raised two daughters and shared a career in optometry. She now splits her time between Arizona, a small village in Belize, and traveling the earth in search of the many creatures with whom she has the honor of sharing this world. This is her second year as a Rising Star judge for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Author website: http://www.karenwintersschwartz.com/
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“A hauntingly beautiful story that not only makes you feel as if you visited beautiful landscapes, experienced new cultures and met unforgettable characters, but also reminds you that sometimes it is the unanswered prayer, the trip you never meant to take, or the gift you never knew you needed that completes the circle that brings you home. It is an unforgettable journey and a perfect read for these times.” – Rebecca Cox
“At the heart of the story is a bright orange tractor named Miss Mango. She is symbolic of so many things, depending on which character you ask. But for me, she represents the essence of life. Descriptive, almost poetic narration breathes life into the story and makes for a lush reading experience.” – N. N. Night’s Book Heaven
“Legend of the Lost Ass is a wickedly charming on-the-road adventure story with converging past and present plot lines and a host of beguiling characters. This is, truly, a gem of a book.” – Claire Matturro author of The Smuggler’s Daughter
“This is a thoughtful story of what may happen when you go adventuring: the aftermath, the way it changes you, what it does to family, how you relate to the friends you make along the way.” – Judi Moore Reviews
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