Monday, July 22, 2013

Evergreen™ Featured Title: Tell It To the Trees by Anita Rau Badami

Tell It To the Trees
Anita Rau Badami
FIC Badam

Secrets, family ties, isolation in Northern B.C. – all these elements come together in the latest novel by Anita Rau Badami. If you want to discover the interior lives of new Canadians who are facing massive changes, this one is for you. What, or who, is it about? Read on…

One freezing winter morning a dead body is found in the backyard of the Dharma family’s house. It’s the body of Anu Krishnan.

For Anu, a writer seeking a secluded retreat from the city, the Dharmas’ “back-house” in the sleepy mountain town of Merrit’s Point was the ideal spot to take a year off and begin writing. But the Vikram who Anu remembers now has a new wife, arranged in India after his first wife’s death in a car accident.

Anu’s arrival will change the balance of the Dharma household. Young Varsha, deeply affected by her mother’s death and desperate to keep her new family together, becomes increasingly suspicious of Anu’s relationship with her stepmother. Varsha’s singular attention to keeping her family together, and the secrets that emerge as Anu and Suman become friends, create cracks in the Dharma family that can only spell certain disaster.

Watch the brief book trailer to get a sense of this story’s atmosphere:

To discover more about this novel, listen in to Shelagh Rogers discussing it with Badami, or watch Badami chat with Allen Gregg of TVO.

Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week, October 20-26, to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award! 

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