Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: the Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby

She said she wanted to be like the trees, that she had read they were most trusting of creatures because they put their roots down in one place, knowing they'd be there for their entire lives."
~Page 41

Title: the Language of Trees
Author: Ilie Ruby
ISBN: 978-0061898648
Publisher: Avon HarperCollins/2010
Pages:339

One only has to look at the trees to learn all about roots, being totally grounded or be down to earth. Every part of a tree speaks to us. Reaches out to us. This novel too does that for the reader. Yet we find the novel in the realms of what is nowadays called magical realism. Roots (of ones own self) and flying (that of the mind) go hand in hand.

Grant Shongo is back to his roots in Canandaiga, to deal with his broken heart. His wife has left him and he knows that only solace he will get is by coming back to his childhood home. He also knows that his Seneca blood will not let him rest until he deals with a past tragedy. The spirit of a young boy, haunts him.

Melanie and her sister are unable to get over the death of their younger brother, Luke, which happened more than a decade ago. Almost eveyone who had been connected with Luke, has not been able to get over it. THen Melanie disappears all of a sudden leaving her boyfriend, Lion and their newly born son, Lucas...

Echo O'Connell, too comes back to the place she calls home after 15 years. When she meets with Grant again, she knows that, she can't go back, leaving her first love. But before both can find love love again, they have to face the past, the spirits of the place, the whisperings of the trees. Echo has to let Grant know, what he really is. Only then the healing can overcome the past tragedy, the spirit may leave to rest eternally.

How the lives of Grant, Echo, Melanie are connected by a spirit? Why is Luke not ready t leave yet? The secondary charracters are all essential for the story and have been well etched out by the author. I really loved the language in the Language of Trees, both literally and figuratively.

25 comments:

Emidy said...

Whoa, that's a great teaser. It's so true, also!

Marce said...

Wow, nice teaser, very touching.

My TT

http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/08/teaser-tuesday-sculptor.html

Sullivan McPig said...

Beautiful teaser. the book sounds interesting

Marg said...

Sounds like a good read.

My teaser is from To Say Nothing of the Dog this week.

Kaye said...

Lovely teaser. . .I had never thought of trees in that way before. Here's my teaser and giveaway for the week.

Lady Q said...

That's lovely! I've been seeing a lot of this book. I'll look forward to your review! Thanks for stopping by today!

CMash said...

Wow!!! Love that teaser!!! What a profound statement.
CMash

Novroz said...

great teaser and so true!!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I never thought of trees like that.


Here is mine

Amat Libris said...

Now I feel a little as though I've betrayed my frangipanis by sawing off half their height!

Nise' said...

Great teaser. Glad you enjoyed the book.

Alayne said...

Beautiful teaser. This is on my TBR list. Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

fredamans said...

Beautiful teaser and oh so true!

http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/08/teaser.html

Lori said...

I hope that you enjoy your book. Here's my Tuesday Teaser

celi.a said...

In one way it would be wonderful to be like a tree. But in another way... there's no variety, no change, no flexibility and openness. I think I'll always go for the non-tree option. Nice teaser!

If you'd like, you can check out mine here.

Book Bird Dog said...

It's always a pleasure to read a well-written book! My teaser.

jlshall said...

What a beautiful teaser! And thanks for the review - this is one I've been interested in.

Barbara said...

heard a lot about this book. great teaser!

Here's mine! PLUS a giveaway of ROOM by Emma Donoghue (one of 13 books longlisted for 2010 Booker Prize.)

Kah Woei said...

Lovely teaser. Leaves me with a feeling of peace.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

oooh i love this teaser! so deep!

Yvonne said...

Interesting teaser!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful quote! This is a novel I'd be tempted to get for the title alone. :)

Laya said...

Awww, that's lovely. Good teaser!

Thanks for dropping by mine! :)

SmallWorld at Home said...

I really enjoyed this book, too. Here's my review:

http://smallworldreads.blogspot.com/2010/06/book-review-language-of-trees.html

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

I thought you'd enjoy the language in this book! I really liked it as well, almost in spite of the gorgeous words.