'Courage: A Story of Love and Friendship' is Released
Attracting attention from a sophisticated and experienced west coast audience is no easy task. But first-time author Disko Praphanchith is taking home an Honorable Mention from the Hollywood Book Festival for his book Courage: A Story of Love and Friendship (CreateSpace).
The Hollywood Book Festival began nearly a decade ago with the realization that many authors wished to have their works reviewed by producers, yet most producers do not want to handle unsolicited material. JM Northern Media is uniquely placed to bring the two together. Since 1999, they have made book festival winners available to an extensive network of contacts and constantly promote their list to entertainment industry contacts.
Courage has also been well-received by industry insiders. Readers' Favorite reviewer Lit Amri awards four out of five stars, praising it as "a poignant novel with beautiful depth. " Clarion's ForeWord Firsts has already nominated the novel as a semi-finalist. It will also be featured at the Beijing International Book Fair next month.
Often raw and gritty, Courage never flinches as it explores the true meaning of love and friendship, rivaling themes developed by the likes of Russian novelists Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. The story portrays a young Korean-American woman and her childhood friend. As she struggles to understand herself, she alienates her Korean family and is cast adrift to encounter the darker side of America: poverty, abuse and isolation.
The power and depth of Courage capture the essence of love and friendship between a man and a woman, weaving together all the myriad strands that make a love like that possible, and impossible, all at the same time. Women's equality, racism, domestic abuse, the loss of love and friendship, regret and morality are all handled deftly to reveal how cultures and ideologies collide to make us human, and flawed.
Born in Laos, Vientiane, Praphanchith moved to the United States as a young boy. He graduated from the University of Washington with numerous literary awards and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and English. He is well-versed in subjects involving literary theory, post-structural discourse, critical practice, and philosophy. Now working on his second novel, Chopin in the Library, the author resides in Seattle, Washington. For more information on this talented writer or his debut novel, please visit:www.diskop.weebly.com.
Courage: A Story of Love and Friendship
By Disko Praphanchith