Love and Other Moods
Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. To close the week, I'm thrilled to be a part of MTMC Bookstagram & Creative Tour for Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee.
One of the greatest strengths of Love and Other Moods involved the transportive element that Crystal Z. Lee incorporated throughout the book. Within moments, I went from being in my cozy corner in California to Shanghai alongside Naomi whose wandering spirit took us through a beautiful journey through her new environment and how the process of voyaging enabled her to undergo cultural immersion. Through her descriptions and narrative capabilities, Lee is able to elevate her book to become a transportive experience for readers. Love and Other Moods was a beautifully composed own voices work pays homage to the true city of Shanghai, the spirit of experiencing life in another country, and finding yourself through the wandering paths of life. This was such an invigorating read to start off 2021 that champions the essence of love and other moods.
About the Book
Title: Love and Other Moods
Author: Crystal Z. Lee Publisher: Balestier Press
Publishing Date: December 10, 2020 Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance Rep: Own Voices Asian American
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Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in
love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.
Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.
Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.
This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships——familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships——in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer and a member of the Asian Authors Alliance. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her first New Adult novel. Her debut children’s book is forthcoming in 2021.
INTL Instagram Tour-wide Giveaway! Head over to my Instagram account where you can enter to win 1 of 3 paperback copies of Love and Other Moods! This is open international & it ends on January 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.
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