It’s been a busy couple of months balancing my full-time job with finishing up my book – Trail of Worth. After 18+ months of effort, I’m very excited to announce that this book has now been published!
In writing Trail of Worth, I’ve tried to:
- Give an honest portrayal of moving overseas and the various challenges it entails
- Take a candid look at relationships and their fascinating complexities
- Capture the way people (especially women) can perceive themselves during their twenties
- Provide a commentary of travel experiences
- Demonstrate the importance and influence of family and friendships
In writing this piece of creative non-fiction, the most important thing for me was to be authentic – to show the main protagonist’s flaws and strengths, the mistakes and moments of vulnerability as well as the little wins. There is genuine dialogue and I have not catered to a “mainstream” narrative. I’ve tried to create something that is both realistic and relatable.
Trail of Worth covers many themes and topics – travel, immigration, careers, running, friendship, relationships, mental health, and self-worth. Some of the content will make you smile, some will make you think, some may trigger sad or painful memories, and some I hope will inspire. If you’re a member of a book club, this story would be a great choice for initiating meaningful conversations.
Trail of Worth is written from the perspective of a female, millenial expat. It’s based on actual events recorded from the time, but identities have been changed. Interpretations of events and behaviours in the story will be influenced by the readers’ own attitudes and life experiences. I would simply encourage anyone reading the book to try to read it with an open and reflective mind.
Here’s a summary of what my editor had to say when she read the manuscript.
Something my editor mentioned when reviewing Trail of Worth was how relatable the story would be for women in their 20s-30s. However, she also said that as an older woman, she really enjoyed the story – it made her reflect on her younger years and the experiences she had. That said, like with any book, this story won’t be to everyone’s taste, and that’s okay. Older generations or people with fixed outlooks may find some of the narrative and covered topics to be too unconventional or unrelatable. If that’s the case for some readers, I hope they will try to practise compassion, empathy and open-mindedness instead of jumping to vocalize judgment.
I think you would enjoy this book if you:
- Have experienced or would like to experience moving overseas
- Like to travel or have travelled solo as a female
- Have experienced what has felt like a quarter-life crisis or a loss of self-worth
- Have been in a long-distance relationship
- Have struggled with emotionally difficult relationships, including those impacted by mental health issues
- Are a competitive runner or simply find fulfillment in this activity
- Have worked in recruitment and HR
- Have struggled with age bias and Imposter Syndrome in your career
- Can’t relate to any of the above but are curious 🙂
Links for Purchase:
Trail of Worth is available to buy online in Kindle or paperback format from Amazon, Indigo/Chapters, and Barnes & Noble. If you are based in Canada, I do encourage you to support the smaller company and purchase from Indigo/Chapters if possible. Buying from that company won’t affect how much money I earn per sale; it’s more a general preference for supporting smaller businesses – something the pandemic has highlighted the importance of. But the decision is yours! (Note: the online listing may take a bit longer to appear on the Indigo/Chapters site).
If your country doesn’t have an Amazon site, you can get worldwide shipping from amazon.com
If you’d like to receive more commentary on the book and further insights into the topics discussed, you can follow my main Instagram page @shannelizabethco
And if you’re interested in completing and publishing a book review, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Thank you in advance for reading Trail of Worth. I hope you enjoy this story that is very special to me 🙂