Sycamore: A Novel

By | June 18, 2017
Sycamore: A Novel Author Bryn Chancellor
ISBN-10 0062661094
ISBN-13 9780062661098
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Harper
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Masterful What a joy to find a book that is both propulsive and perfectly composed Cynthia D Aprix Sweeney author ofThe Nest Riveting This is a movingly written multivoiced novel examining how one tragic circumstance can sow doubt about fundamental things a transporting vision of community connection and forgiveness Publishers Weekly Starred review Pick of the Week An award winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing page turner in the spirit ofEverything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore Arizona a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine As news of the discovery makes its way around town Sycamores longtime residents fear the bones may belong toJess Winters the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification the residents rekindle stories rumors and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jessstroubledhistory In resurrecting the past the people of Sycamore will find clarity unexpected possibility and a way forward for their lives Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps thebloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heartmost notably Jess Winters a thoughtful promising adolescent poised on thethreshold of adulthood Evocative and atmospheric Sycamoreis a coming of age story a mystery and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human naturedesire loneliness grief love forgiveness and hopeas witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town

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