The Forgetting Tree: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 4, 2012 - Fiction - 416 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book!

From Tatjana Soli, The New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters, comes a breathtaking novel of a California ranching family, its complicated matriarch, and the enigmatic caretaker who may destroy them

When Claire Nagy marries Forster Baumsarg, the only son of prominent California citrus ranchers, she knows she's consenting to a life of hard work, long days, and worry-fraught nights. But her love for Forster is so strong, she turns away from her literary education and embraces the life of the ranch, succumbing to its intoxicating rhythms and bounty until her love of the land becomes a part of her. Not even the tragic, senseless death of her son Joshua at kidnappers' hands, her alienation from her two daughters, or the dissolution of her once-devoted marriage can pull her from the ranch she's devoted her life to preserving.

But despite having survived the most terrible of tragedies, Claire is about to face her greatest struggle: an illness that threatens not only to rip her from her land but take her very life. And she's chosen a caregiver, the inscrutable, Caribbean-born Minna, who may just be the darkest force of all.
Haunting, tough, triumphant, and profound, The Forgetting Tree explores the intimate ties we have to one another, the deepest fears we keep to ourselves, and the calling of the land that ties every one of us together.

 

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User Review  - wareagle78 - LibraryThing

The book is lyrical, mystical, yet was to me very difficult to read. In fact, I put the book aside and read about three more before I made myself return and finish. The story centers around Claire, a ... Read full review

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User Review  - porch_reader - LibraryThing

Claire Baumsarg marries a citrus rancher and learns to love the hard life of living off the land. But tragedy strikes Claire not once, but twice in her life, and in the midst of tragedy, Claire begins ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 18
Part Three
Chapter 1
Chapter 2

Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Part Four
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Acknowledgments
Also by Tatjana Soli
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TATJANA SOLI lives with her husband in Southern California. Her New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Lotus Eaters, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a New York Times Notable Book, and won the 2011 James Tait Black Prize.

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