The Memory Trees

The Memory Trees

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A darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home, from the critically acclaimed author of Shallow Graves.For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood's whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople-especially their neighbors, the Abrams family-Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history.Then one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she's ever known.Now sixteen, Sorrow's memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. But it soon becomes clear that some of her questions have difficult-even dangerous-answers. And there may be a price to pay for more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 34mm | 494g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062366238
  • 9780062366238
  • 735,550

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"An absorbing, lyrically drawn mystery, examination of grief, and cautionary tale." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "From the tenderness and toxicity that can simultaneously exist in families, to the rippling effect of mental illness, to the search for a solid identity among all those jagged pieces, The Memory Trees has a lot to unpack with a hint of magical realism and mystique." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) "This brooding tale of a strange family and its secrets may appeal to readers who enjoy lyrical stories of grief and redemption." -- School Library Journal "Wallace has created a fascinating matriarchal backstory with touches of magical realism that will appeal to readers of Alice Hoffman." -- Booklist "No one writes creepy, beautiful stories like Wallace does - she expertly weaves love, loss, compassion, and murder in a way that will both move you to tears and have you sleeping with the lights on. The Memory Trees will keep you guessing until the very end." -- Adriana Mather, author of How to Hang a Witch "A gorgeously crafted, sumptuously layered novel that masterfully peels back the layers of love, loss and endurance harnessed by twelve generations of brave, magical Lovegood women. The Memory Trees is a stunning powerhouse of a book. It is timeless. It is beautiful. It is a gift." -- Shannon M. Parker, author of The Rattled Bones "A fast-paced story with an interesting hook, and a thoughtful look at what it means to be human versus what it means to be a monster. The end result is a superbly crafted debut bound to entrance." -- Booklist (starred review) on Shallow Graves "Kali Wallace has created a world that's both natural and unsettling ...and reminds us with Breezy's story that true terror is not a monster, but what lurks in the dark corners of human nature." -- Madeleine Roux, New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, on Shallow Graves "Constantly entertaining, intriguing, and suspenseful." -- Kirkus on Shallow Graves "A fast-paced ride through a dark, imaginative world." -- Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species, on Shallow Gravesshow more

About Kali Wallace

Kali Wallace, for most of her life, 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's from Colorado but now lives in Southern California. You can find her at and on Twitter more

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65 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 43% (28)
4 34% (22)
3 18% (12)
2 5% (3)
1 0% (0)
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