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ISBN13: 9780451233073
ISBN10: 0451233077
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“We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back....”

 

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since shed left, thats exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.

 

What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.

 

But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations. 

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"White (On Folly Beach) spins a convoluted story of unexplained disappearances and family secrets stretching from New Orleans to Biloxi, Miss. Five years after Katrina, New Yorker Julie Holt arrives in New Orleans with a mission: she's got a deed to a Biloxi beach house and surprise custody of Beau, her late friend Monica's five-year-old son, and she intends to introduce Beau to the extended family he's never met. Soon, with the help of Monica's grandmother, Aimee, and brother, Trey, Julie begins to piece together exactly why Monica left her home and family, and that Monica's family's secrets run deep and murky — they involve a murder, a famous painter, and a disappearance — which Julie can relate to, as her own sister was kidnapped when she was a child. Told in alternating chapters — Julie in the present, Aimee in the 1950s — as both women search for answers to their respective mysteries, the novel is slow moving and more confusingly teased out than the plot warrants, with White's descriptions of the gulf coast — and New Orleans in particular — offering more reason to keep reading than the less than expert treatment of the families' tormented pasts. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of After the Rain, Sea Change, and The Color of Light...

From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.

 

About the Author

Karen White is the author of many acclaimed novels.

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Darlene Ferland, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Darlene Ferland)
I don't know how I missed this author. Karen White has written a compelling and intricately woven narrative in 'The Beach Trees.' The past and present are brought to life in the characters of Aimee Guidry and Julie Holt. Effortlessly, she gifts her readers with bits of history of the Gulf coaast while entangling their hearts with rich, full characters who will remain long after the book is closed. New Orleans and Biloxi, as well as their tradions, come to life teeming with sights, sounds and smells so engrossing that this book will be read again and again. Thank you First-reads for the opportunity to discover an amazing author . . .
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couponqueen, August 9, 2011 (view all comments by couponqueen)
This deals with a woman who befriends a single mom that dies and names her as guardian to her 5 year old. It gave me a better perspective of why people on the Gulf Coast and other hurricane ravaged areas decide to rebuild.

At the age of 12, Julie Holt's younger sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.
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W S Krauss, April 24, 2011 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
I really loved this book. There are two parallel narratives from the perspectives of Julie and Aimee, the two main characters. Julie Holt has recently lost her friend Monica, who gave Julie custody of her five-year-old son Beau. She also left Julie the key to her beach house, River Song, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Julie arrives with Beau, first in Biloxi, then New Orleans, to search for Monica's family. Aimee, Monica's grandmother, tells the story of the Merciers and the Guidrys, the mysteries and secrets that led Monica to flee to New York ten years earlier. I admire White's ideas about what makes people cling to their homes and their land, even after the devastation of hurricanes and oil spills. The characters, even the minor ones, are beautifully drawn and the descriptions of Biloxi and New Orleans are full of wonderful details. I felt I had been to River Song and the beach in Biloxi. I could hear the creak of the stairs and howl of the wind during the hurricane. River Song and these characters will stay with you long after you finish this fine novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451233073
Author:
White, Karen
Publisher:
New American Library
Author:
White, Karen
Author:
Various
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "White (On Folly Beach) spins a convoluted story of unexplained disappearances and family secrets stretching from New Orleans to Biloxi, Miss. Five years after Katrina, New Yorker Julie Holt arrives in New Orleans with a mission: she's got a deed to a Biloxi beach house and surprise custody of Beau, her late friend Monica's five-year-old son, and she intends to introduce Beau to the extended family he's never met. Soon, with the help of Monica's grandmother, Aimee, and brother, Trey, Julie begins to piece together exactly why Monica left her home and family, and that Monica's family's secrets run deep and murky — they involve a murder, a famous painter, and a disappearance — which Julie can relate to, as her own sister was kidnapped when she was a child. Told in alternating chapters — Julie in the present, Aimee in the 1950s — as both women search for answers to their respective mysteries, the novel is slow moving and more confusingly teased out than the plot warrants, with White's descriptions of the gulf coast — and New Orleans in particular — offering more reason to keep reading than the less than expert treatment of the families' tormented pasts. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

From the bestselling author of After the Rain, Sea Change, and The Color of Light...

From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.

 

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