The Language of Trees

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Title: The Language of Trees
Author: Ilie Ruby
Pages: 339
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.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment!

Follow the rest of the tour:

Tuesday, July 20th: I’m Booking It
Wednesday, July 21st: Café of Dreams
Monday, July 26th: Library Queue
Wednesday, July 28th: Fizzy Thoughts
Monday, August 2nd: Chaotic Compendiums
Wednesday, August 4th: Take Me Away
Thursday, August 5th: Booksie’s Blog
Monday, August 9th: Jenny Loves to Read
Tuesday, August 10th: Chefdruck Musings
Thursday, August 12th: Books Like Breathing


Trisha said...

It can so hard to read and review a book you have to when in the midst of a slump. I'm glad this one worked out for you though.

Nikola said...

I can totally understand how you feel - right now, I am not reading anything and I can't even start because I am so not in the mood.

On the other hand, this book sounds fantastic! It's definitely going to my TBR pile.

Trish said...

I read a review of this over at Fizzy Thought last week and between your and Jill's reviews, you have me really interested in this!

Although the present tense writing is REALLY distracting for me!

softdrink said...

I liked the atmosphere, too. In fact, I was ready to move to Lake Canandaigua. :-D

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This is a book I've had my eye glad you were able to immerse yourself in it.

I'm now looking forward to it, too.

Zibilee said...

This does sound like a really involving book, and I am glad that you got caught up in it after having so many books fail to engage you. I am going to have to think about grabbing a copy of this book because all the reviews I have read have been stellar. Thanks for the awesome review!

nomadreader said...

This one actually sounds really good to me. Thanks for making me aware of it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I love this title and appreciate the review. I think I am going to have to be on the look out for this one. :D

trish said...

I know what it's like for books to just not hit the mark for you, so I'm glad this book was so great! It's so nice to find a book that you want to come back and read!

Thanks for being on this tour! Love your review.

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