THE MEMORY TREES
By the critically acclaimed author of Shallow Graves, a dark magical realism YA about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when 16-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.
Sorrow Lovegood has always felt different. Growing up on an apple orchard in Vermont, townspeople would point and whisper about her family’s old-fashioned practices and homeschooling – especially the Abrams family, with whom the Lovegoods have feuded on and off for hundreds of years. But when Sorrow’s sister Patience dies suddenly and tragically, and their mother Verity suffers a mental breakdown, the whispers grow louder and more insistent. It is decided that Sorrow should go to live with her father in Florida, so she leaves behind everything she ever knew at 8 years old.
Eight years later, Sorrow feels pulled to return to the orchard – and to reconcile her tragic past with an uncertain future. Her memories of life on the orchard are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear to her.
Sorrow knows there is something wrong with her memories. What she does not yet know is that there is a powerful link between the orchard, the generations of complicated women in her family, and the past she cannot quite recall.
For most of her life Kali Wallace was going to be a scientist when she grew up. She studied geology in college, partly because she could get course credit for hiking and camping, and eventually earned a PhD in geophysics researching earthquakes in India and the Himalayas. Only after she had her shiny new doctorate in hand did she admit that she loved inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked exploring the real one. She is from Colorado but now lives in southern California.
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