THE MOONLIGHT PALACE: A Young Adult Historic Novel ~Liz Rosenberg and Amy McFadden
“Let’s agree right here at the outset that memory is made up of one part perception, one part intuition, and one part pure invention.” (Page 9 of PDF uncorrected advance copy)
THE MOONLIGHT PALACE is a delightful read and an historic look at an International city and provides a global perspective to historic events of the early 1920s. Agnes Hussain lives in the Kampong Glam Palace in Singapore with her British Grandfather, her Chinese Grandmother, and her Indian Muslim Great Uncle Chachi, along with 3 male students who are boarders. The rest of her family, including her Mother, Father and Brother all died in the influenza outbreak many years ago. Agnes, descendant of the last Sultan of Singapore, is 17 and thinking about how to keep her family alive and well, how to repair the Wedding Cake looking palace after she graduates from high school in the spring near her 18th birthday. The background story is full of the rise of Mao and the torture of Chinese within the city. Agnes’s British Grandfather was awarded the Palace for his outstanding military work and diplomatic care and concerns during his career in Singapore.
Agnes is very forthright and opinionated and she has adventures as she takes on her adult role in caring for her family, who are very protective of her. Her family background and the diversity of the boarders renders the reader a wider view of the Singapore Community and how they treat and accept foreigner’s into their society. A young British emissary wants the Palace for himself. It is a very different reveal of the 1920s; THE MOONLIGHT PALACE explores one family during a period of great transition in the world.
“I am one-half Chinese, One-quarter Indian Muslim, and one-quarter British…” (Page 4 of uncorrected PDF advanced copy)
I started a mother daughter book group for each of my daughters and we worked on reading more worldly reads and not just the commercial books being advertised. We studied the dynamics of the situation of the book we were reading and these gatherings proved to be a very fun experience. We often included foods associated with our discussion and topic. Chicken Rice would have been our menu for sure! I believe that everyone would have appreciated this story and the mom’s would have enjoyed the story as well. Oh! To live in a Palace!
TLC Book Tours sent me the advanced reader’s PDF copy for this review. It was very interesting to see what the finished copy looked like when I went to the final copy site. A well written book and I am sure that it would make a good gift – THE MOONLIGHT PALACE.
From the Publicity Material included in the PDF:
“Liz Rosenberg was born on Long Island. She has written more than thirty books for adults and young readers, including novels, poetry, and nonfiction. Liz teaches English at Binghamton University, where she won the Chancellor’s Award for excellence in teaching. Her first husband was the late Novelist John Gardner, author of Grendel. Her second husband was the brilliant teacher and writer David Bosnick. She lives in Binghamton, New York, with her daughter Lily and their two shih tzus. Her son, Eli, is an actor and magician in New York City. In 2014, Rosenberg was a US/UK Fulbright Fellow at Queens University, in Belfast, North Ireland, UK.”