Talking about this book? Be sure to tag it using #WinterPasture #NetGalley
Li Juan and her mother own a small convenience store in the Altai Mountains in Northwestern China, where she writes about her life among grasslands and snowy peaks. To her neighbors' surprise, Li decides to join a family of Kazakh herders as they take their 30 boisterous camels, 500 sheep and over 100 cattle and horses to pasture for the winter. The so-called "winter pasture" occurs in a remote region that stretches from the Ulungur River to the Heavenly Mountains. As she journeys across the vast, seemingly endless sand dunes, she helps herd sheep, rides horses, chases after camels, builds an underground home using manure, gathers snow for water, and more. With a keen eye for the understated elegance of the natural world, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, Li vividly captures both the extraordinary hardships and the ordinary preoccupations of the day-to-day of the men and women struggling to get by in this desolate landscape. Her companions include Cuma, the often drunk but mostly responsible father; his teenage daughter, Kama, who feels the burden of the world on her shoulders and dreams of going to college; his reticent wife, a paragon of decorum against all odds, who is simply known as "sister-in-law."
In bringing this faraway world to English language readers here for the first time, Li creates an intimate bond with the rugged people, the remote places and the nomadic lifestyle. In the signature style that made her an international sensation, Li Juan transcends the travel memoir genre to deliver an indelible and immersive reading experience on every page.
Finished book will include 25 b&w photos throughout, a glossary and a translators’ note.
National media campaign including print, radio and online coverage * Digital marketing/publicity campaign including features and reviews * Prepublication ads in trades * Goodreads advertising campaign and giveaway * Library marketing campaign including ARC mailings – ALA/PLA and Library Reads * Multi-month social media prepublication campaign on Astra House’s twitter, facebook and Instagram * Ongoing targeted #Bookstagrammer outreach * Highlight in Astra House newsletters and on website
For publicity and other inquiries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d love to hear from you!
Please connect with us on Instagram and Twitter: @astrahousebooks
This is an advance reader’s edition from uncorrected proofs. If any material from the book is to be quoted in a review, please check it against the text in the final bound book. Dates, prices and manufacturing details are subject to change or cancellation without notice.