The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby (Avon)
The Language of Trees transports us into the deep, magical aspects of nature, while inviting us to reconsider the magnetic power of desires long-buried. While not a believer in second chances, but rather in what is meant to exist, this story had me wanting to change my mind. This is a well rendered tale of shattered pieces, and the sorrow of remembering their beginnings. Ruby’s suspenseful story telling style and painterly prose make for an alluring read.
Ruby brings us to a seemingly inncuous town, whose many secrets are whispered and hidden among the giant willows. Her characters are artfully drawn, yet oddly familiar. We are shown Canandaigua, of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, where the folklore of the Seneca Indians runs deep. When three children spontaneously set off in a canoe towards Squaw Island, to escape the angry father they are running from, a weeping rain turns to sudden fury; spilling into a tragedy that becomes a series of dark storms for the Ellis family.
This tightly wound tale manages to both inform and invite the reader to reconsider the gift of healing, or at least the deepest human urge to repair what is broken. Ruby shows us the mystery of spirit in all living things and how those spirits swoop and dart among us, landing in the most unlikely of places. This book will have you wondering about ghosts, and if those who remain and haunt us are simply the ones we choose to keep.
Carrie Host is the author of Between Me and the River.