The Singing Trees by Boo Walker
.PDF, 370 pages
Expected Publication: August 3rd 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
Maine, 1969. After losing her parents in a car accident, aspiring artist Annalisa Mancuso lives with her grandmother and their large Italian family in the stifling factory town of Payton Mills. Inspired by her mother, whose own artistic dreams disappeared in a damaged marriage, Annalisa is dedicated only to painting. Closed off to love, and driven as much by her innate talent as she is the disillusionment of her past, Annalisa just wants to come into her own. The first step is leaving Payton Mills and everything it represents. The next, the inspiring opportunities in the city of Portland and a thriving New England art scene where Annalisa hopes to find her voice. But she meets Thomas, an Ivy League student whose attentions—and troubled family—upend her pursuits in ways she never imagined possible. As their relationship deepens, Annalisa must balance her dreams against an unexpected love. Until the unraveling of an unforgivable lie. For Annalisa, opening herself up to life and to love is a risk. It might also be the chance she needs to finally become the person and the artist she’s meant to be.
The singing trees are handcrafted wind chimes hanging in various trees around one characters home. They are brought to the hospice of the character while she is on her deathbed. I loved the description of the chimes as singing trees...How lovely.
This is not my first Boo Walker read and it certainly won't be my last. The story of Annalisa, Thomas and Emma grabbed me in the first page and never let me go. Like a lot of Mr. Walkers books it broke my heart. Amazingly written, he skillfully took me along for the ride through the '60s. This book is an accomplishment in prose, the ending was near perfection. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
Thank you NetGalley, Boo Walker and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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