Its almost release day for The Language of Trees – July 20, 2010!
I am really excited about this debut novel. It has magical realism and a touch of Southern gothic both of which I adore.
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About the Book: The Language of Trees brings to life the small town of Canandaigua Lake, where all is not what it seems, and the past refuses to stay where it belongs.
Canandaigua Lake hasn’t been the same since the Ellis children – Melanie, Luke and Maya – snuck a boat onto the water late at night, only to wake up and find that seven-year old Luke was missing. The mystery of Luke’s fate has haunted the town to this day. Now, over a decade later, Melanie has gone missing, causing her husband Lion to start up a frantic search. The town is flooded with gossip about her disappearance. Could Melanie, a recovering addict, have relapsed? Was she abducted? And most importantly, does this have anything to do with her brother’s disappearance?
Echo O’Connell remembers those sad days after Luke’s disappearance, but she hasn’t been home in years. Now, her adoptive father is dying, so she reluctantly returns only to discover that Grant Shongo has also come back. As Echo and Grant’s unresolved relationship comes to the forefront once again, the townspeople come to terms with years of secrets, unanswered questions and uncertainty.
It is the story of a town haunted by the ghosts of its past. In The Language of Trees, the line between reality and imagination blur, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has secrets they would do anything to protect.
Author Bio: Ilie Ruby won the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Fiction, the Eden L. Moses Award, a Kerr Foundation Fiction Scholarship, the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference Scholarship in NonFiction, and the Barbara Kemp Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship. She has published poems and short stories in literary and online magazines, and is the former fiction editor of The Southern California Anthology. A graduate of the Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, she spent her early years working as a production coordinator on archaeology documentaries in Central America, and then as a 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles. Ms. Ruby lives near Boston with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
A big thank you to Harper Collins Publishers for supplying this review copy. Thanks Kendra! Please stay tuned for a guest post containing the prologue of The Language of Trees, for a teaser, and which will also include a giveaway for the book.
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