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The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman
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Mar 15, 09

Read in March, 2009

Why haven't I heard about this boook before? Astoundingly good.

Layers upon layers of symbolism and metaphor, from pre-Raphaelite art to Greek mythology. The layers show up not only in the characters' activities, but in the language the author chooses. The book is so lovely and carefully wrought, it makes my head spin (in a good way).

In addition, there is a mystery to be solved. Those of you who hate mysteries, I am one of you. Never read them. Nope. But I was sucked into this one by not knowing it was a mystery and by being lulled along by the author's very fine voice.

Excellent character development.

I will be thinking about this book for months -- what this action symbolized, what that piece of art represented, how two seemingly disparate things parallel each other. Rich reading.

Plus a really substantial and literate author interview at the end of the book.
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