I’m a twenty-something, I’m a China buff, and I like to live vicariously through people who go off into foreign lands and have crazy adventures. That’s why I’m very excited to be part of the book blitz for Tony Brasunas’ Double Happiness, which seems to be a book that I can relate to. I also told myself that I need to read more memoirs this year, so this is my chance to get started!
At twenty-two, Tony Brasunas had never left the United States, nor taught a class on anything. The journey that changed him forever, that broke open his heart and awakened his mind, began in a high school classroom in hot, coastal Guangzhou, China, and culminated on the plateaus of Tibet.
A journey into the heart of a changing China and through the soul of a young American, Double Happiness is a groundbreaking story of spiritual awakening in the era of globalization.
This is a tale for armchair travelers, English teachers, China buffs, adventure backpackers, young people in their twenties and thirties seeking a place in this shrinking world, and readers of all ages curious about a young man’s coming of age in a foreign land.
About the Author
Tony Brasunas grew up on a commune in West Virginia. Before leaving for China, as a teenager at Amherst College, he studied Chinese, music, writing, and Computer Science, and meandered into a thoughtful and lonely social and political conservatism.
Directionless after college, perhaps expecting something more from the planet, Tony applied just after the deadline to Princeton in Asia, and he was swiftly bundled off to Guangzhou, China, to teach English. The ensuing journey broke him open. His body tasted death in hospitals and Tibetan monsoons, his heart opened up and slammed shut and opened again, and some unknown inner sage awoke and suggested he trust his intuition.
Double Happiness: One Man’s Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China (forthcoming, December 12, 2013, from Torchpost) masterfully retells that awakening against a backdrop of a modern, changing China.
Excerpts from the manuscript have appeared in the book China, an anthology of travel writing on China published by Travelers’ Tales Press, and in Travelmag, a British online travel magazine.
I’m looking forward to reviewing Double Happiness in a few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!