TABLE FOR ONE
Table for One is a non-fiction memoir about Tristan, a multi-racial woman born towards the end of the Vietnam War, abandoned by her mother and sent to live in an orphanage run by nuns with her baby brother. Adopted by foreigners, she and her brother escape Vietnam and come to a quaint New England town with the hope for a better life. Her parents provided a storybook childhood, complete with prep school and a pony, until her father unexpectedly collapsed from a stroke and fell victim to cancer. The death of her father caused feelings of abandonment to resurface.
She attended graduate school and started a successful career in management consulting. In the search for love and to be loved, she became entangled in a messy affair and had a miscarriage that triggered a deep depression. In an attempt to find happiness, she bought a condo. She continued to make poor choices and received an intent-to-foreclose notice on her home. That was a wake-up call for her to examine what brought her to this desolate place. As she examined her thoughts, actions, and feelings, she found many healers, teachers, and books that showed her the way to peace. She used the insights gained to overcome the obstacles of depression, fear, and yes, the foreclosure. She shares the spiritual concepts and lessons learned to light the way for others. For in the search for love, in order to find the one for you, you must first find yourself. Similar to Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Table for One is about the search for love and self-discovery. This story chronicles the journey to self-love.