Author: Ilie Ruby
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Avon (Harper Collins)
Release Date: July 20, 2010
The Language of Trees is a beautifully written debut about a family in small town Lake Canandaigua. Twelve years prior to the actual start of the novel, three children are involved in an accident leading to the death of one of them. After the initial prologue, the book returns to the present day where the oldest of the three children, who has turned her life around after suffering drug addiction, has disappeared, leaving behind her husband and 2-year-old son.
While the townspeople worry over her loss, they also realize Grant Shongo has returned to town and is staying at the family cabin near the lake where the young child's life was lost. An old childhood flame, Echo, also decides at that time to return to town.
Lately, I've had a lot going on and had difficulty finding any book to keep my attention. The synopsis didn't necessarily enrapture me either, even though back when I first joined the tour I thought it looked interesting. While my own personal schedule has me going crazy so I can't imagine fully immersing in any book, The Language of Trees, came as absolutely close as any book has recently. I loved the atmosphere in this book -- the atmosphere and story reminded me of a mix of The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard and Dismantled by Jennifer McMahan. I fell for the small town characters in the book, and surprisingly (again) enjoyed the "mystical" or "supernatural" elements of it.
The book is written in present tense which is just slightly distracting for me but it's really just a personal preference. Beyond that, the author does a fantastic job with it and has convinced me (along with others) that it's not such a bad thing. ;)
The author, Ilie Ruby, has personal experience visiting Lake Canandaigua and learning the folklore native to that area. This likely contributed to the beautiful atmosphere she was able to create in this novel which felt very genuine.
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