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Traveling with Ghosts

Excerpt in The GuardianI didn’t realise he was dying’: the day I lost my fiancé

Excerpt in YOU Magazine – Real lives: The deadly sting that destroyed our paradise

A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Pick

One of Bustle’s Best Nonfiction Books for February 2017 – “Heartbreaking but beautiful. … As much as this is a tale of grief and loss, it’s one of love, too.”

Starred review in Booklist – “Fowler has turned her devastating, beautiful, honest, and personal story into something universal. Akin to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, her book will appeal to globetrotters and readers of hopeful stories chronicling grief and recovery.”

The Washington Times – “Searing reading. This is a writer who is a wonder at conveying pain amid a rush of emotions. . . Blending her intensely personal pain with historic and current anguish is done with finesse and a fine sense of proportion, never competing, never diminishing or devaluing.”

USA Today“Fowler shows none of the self-aggrandizement that saturates many memoirs, and she lived a far more interesting life — before and after Sean’s death — than do many who write about theirs. Her story — rich, unblinking and adroitly told — is one of strength, of getting past but not getting over.”

The Observer– “Gloriously rendered, beautifully written . . . an intimate and inspiring experience.”

Kirkus Reviews – “A courageous and finely crafted account soaked in tears of love and loss.”

BookPage “[An] intensely personal and appealing memoir. … Bring along a world map, set aside everything you know about healing from heartbreaking loss, and have yourself an unforgettable read.”

The Christian Science Monitor“In her deft and lovely debut, the memoir Traveling with Ghosts, Fowler tells this wrenching story with grace and fortitude. … Just as Fowler’s difficult path after Sean’s death yields lessons about survival and resilience, her friendship with Anat and Talia, which continues to this day, yields its own lessons, of a kindness so extraordinary that it’s nearly as affecting as the tragedy at the book’s center.”

BookRiot – “Raw. … Powerful. … Redemptive.”

Harpers Bazaar – “A new novel that was worth waiting for. Our literary editor praises Shannon Leone Fowler‘s courageous book about the death of her fiancé in 2002.”

The Times – “This is a rich and absorbing memoir that shows the reader what it feels like to lose your future in a matter of seconds in a faraway land.”

Publisher’s Weekly – “Fowler’s moving account traces her grief. … She spent time with the two Israeli women who supported her throughout the ordeal in Thailand; she ventures to war-ravaged Sarajevo. … Wherever she travels, however, memories of her fiancé are with her.”

Bookshelf – “(Fowler’s) financé, Sean, is stung by a venomous box jellyfish while they were swimming in Ko Phan Ngan, Thailand, dying instantly. And this was only two pages in.  My immediate thought after this: can Fowler hold my interest for the rest of the book? Can a five-minute death stretch to 300 pages? The answer is, yes.”

Interviews

Original Essays

There is a Light That Never Goes Out in ELLE Australia – “Stricken with grief after the death of her fiancé, Shannon Leone Fowler fled alone to the farthest reaches of the world to confront the past and finally move forward.” (April 2017)

My Fiancé Died, But his Backpack Still Haunts Me in GoodHousekeeping.com – “I watched him go within minutes after a box jellyfish pierced his leg. Now an ambush sight or sound reminds me: He should be here.

The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World’s Best Writers – “As you travel through these pages, may your mind be widened, your spirit enlivened, and your own path illuminated by these worldly word-journeys.” —Don George

Help Wanted, At Last in Real Simple“Bolstered by the pride and folly of youth, she conducted her life without the input or aid of others. Until the day a life-altering tragedy made her realize that sometimes the person who can’t ask for help is the one who needs it most.”

Book Notes at Largehearted Boy – “We met backpacking through Western Europe, where Sean traveled with a Discman and tinny, portable travel speakers. We listened to music all the time together, especially in bed. We made each other mix tapes while we were apart, that we sent in the post. And after he died, I found meaning in the lyrics of almost every song.”

A Journey Through Grief in Big Issue – “After tragically losing her fiancé, Shannon Leone Fowler found solace in unexpected places.” Buy the February 27, 2017 issue here

Coming soon!

Q&A with The Writer (TBD)

Traveling with Ghosts review in Nervous Breakdown (TBD)

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