Palms are Not Trees After All

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Texas Review Press, 2008 - Fiction - 102 pages
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Arriving at an island resort, Scott and Kate make the acquaintance of an older couple, the Griffins, already tanning on the beach. When Scott agrees to do the Griffins a favor, he sets in motion a series of encounters and dilemmas—both between the two couples and within them. Scott believes it will be an adventure; Kate doesn't like the sound of it. There's something mysterious about the situation. Everyone's language hides secrets. Relying on the rhythms of poetry, Palms Are Not Trees After All is a story about exploration and accommodation, about deciding which stories travel, which to tell.

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User Review  - mcelhra - LibraryThing

This book follows the relationship of Scott and Kate, a young couple who meets an older couple, the Griffins, while on vacation. The Griffins are very mysterious and ask Scott and Kate to do them a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helcura - LibraryThing

If you're the sort of person who likes most of the short stories in The New Yorker, then you'll probably like this book. It concerns a young couple, Scott and Kate, who vacation on a tropical island ... Read full review

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TARA DEAL is a writer, editor, and New Yorker currently living in London. She was educated at Harvard College and New York University and then worked as a book editor for ten years before deciding to pursue a freelance career. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals, including West Branch, Flyway,, and nthposition, and she is the author of the poetry chapbook Wander Luster (Finishing Line Press, 2007).

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