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Song of the Sacred Mountain

William James
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A seventeen-year-old academic prodigy from a small village in central Java, Lestari wants nothing more than to become a modern, self-determined woman. But she swims against powerful currents. Raised by her father, the revered guardian of an active volcano, she joins the many offerings to the sacred mountain yet begins to
question their effectiveness. The more Lestari learns about science and geology, it seems, the less she believes in ritual.
When a young Dutch entrepreneur arrives in their village to explore Indonesia’s potential for geothermal energy, Lestari befriends and falls for the charming stranger, and the rift between father and daughter widens. In the weeks leading up to her high school graduation, the volcano begins to erupt, blanketing the village in ash. Shockingly, a set a tiger prints is discovered in the dust, sending villagers into a panic.
What follows is the haunting, unforgettable story of a daughter’s search for truth and a father’s unyielding loyalty. It is about the courage to question tradition, the faith to uphold it, and the love that ultimately binds them together.
An impressive debut novel, Song of the Sacred Mountain is nothing short of a triumph, an enduring, cautionary tale of a daughter’s doubt, a father’s faith, and a love that refuses to die.

Published: Jul/2021

ISBN: 9789814882088

Length: 240 Pages

Song of the Sacred Mountain

William James

A seventeen-year-old academic prodigy from a small village in central Java, Lestari wants nothing more than to become a modern, self-determined woman. But she swims against powerful currents. Raised by her father, the revered guardian of an active volcano, she joins the many offerings to the sacred mountain yet begins to
question their effectiveness. The more Lestari learns about science and geology, it seems, the less she believes in ritual.
When a young Dutch entrepreneur arrives in their village to explore Indonesia’s potential for geothermal energy, Lestari befriends and falls for the charming stranger, and the rift between father and daughter widens. In the weeks leading up to her high school graduation, the volcano begins to erupt, blanketing the village in ash. Shockingly, a set a tiger prints is discovered in the dust, sending villagers into a panic.
What follows is the haunting, unforgettable story of a daughter’s search for truth and a father’s unyielding loyalty. It is about the courage to question tradition, the faith to uphold it, and the love that ultimately binds them together.
An impressive debut novel, Song of the Sacred Mountain is nothing short of a triumph, an enduring, cautionary tale of a daughter’s doubt, a father’s faith, and a love that refuses to die.

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William James

William James is the pseudo name of Bruce Foster, who is an author and educator whose work focuses on the advancement of girls' education and empowerment. He is the founding director of PowerSisterhood, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the belief that investing in girls and women in the developing world will yield the highest dividends of any possible investment. In support of this belief, the organization inspires and coordinates the efforts of talented and highly motivated young women and men in senior high schools and universities worldwide to raise awareness of and funding for programs focused on girls' education, particularly in developing countries.
As an English teacher at schools in the United States, Switzerland, and Indonesia, Bruce has inspired hundreds of students to discover the power and beauty of the written word through literature, creative writing, and public speaking. He has been the faculty advisor on several literary magazines and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year. In a previous career, Bruce was a speechwriter for AT&T, Bell Laboratories, and NYNEX executives.
Bruce earned degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Education from Rutgers University and Columbia University in New York. He has published poetry, short stories, and political essays, in addition to public speaking engagements. His debut novel, Macan Merah (Red Tiger), chronicles the plight of a young Indonesia girl as she struggles to become a modern, self-determined woman. About the novel, Diane
Donovan of the Midwest Book Review writes, "An unforgettable story of doubt and disillusionment, rebellion and finally acceptance, Macan Merah is an enchanting, gifted tale that asks the most compelling questions of our time."
Bruce is married to Dr. Ivet Suriapranata, a leading cancer scientist at the Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology in Jakarta. He is an accomplished musician, badminton enthusiast, and loving father of two children.