At its core, Picture U In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert is Danny’s story. From the story of his parent’s immigration to the US, to their sacrifices to live the American Dream, secrets, school, friendship, love, we see the quiet evolution of Danny’s life and everything that lead to it. Because Danny’s story is so heartfelt, we made Danny, and specifically his gift of art, the centerpiece of today’s Blog Tour stop. Let’s find out a little more about this must-read book and we’ll show you what we created for Danny.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.
Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.
When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Loy Gilbert believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is the author of Conviction, a William C. Morris Award finalist, and lives in the SF Bay Area. She would be thrilled to hear from you on Twitter @KellyLoyGilbert or at http://www.KellyLoyGilbert.com
Danny has an incredible artistic talent, so we decided to take him on an Arts tour of our home town. Tampa has an unofficial “Arts District” that runs approximately from Downtown north into the upcoming Seminole Heights neighborhood along Florida, Highland and Tampa streets. If you are not familiar with Tampa, the map below should help you visualize the part of the city we visited.
Ann and I drove south from Seminole Heights into downtown a few weeks back. There are so many murals along these particular roads. We had a blast finding hidden murals we hadn’t noticed and pointing out ones the other hadn’t seen to each other. I will say that this is not an exhaustive tour, but we chose the murals that looked best with the book cover (because we have aesthetics like that).
TAMPA HEIGHTS / DOWNTOWN
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