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The Language of Sycamores
by Lisa Wingate

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0451213920

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The Language of Sycamores
Lisa Wingate
NAL, Jan 2005, $12.95, 283 pp.
ISBN: 0451213920

Karen Sommerfield feels she must be in hell not Boston. First Dr. Connor tells her she might have cancer again, previously diagnosed when she miscarried; Later that morning Lansing Technology downsized her mid management high tech job after fifteen loyal years in which she realizes as the anger flows through her that the firm was her first love, not herself or her spouse James.

The two hits slam home to Karen. When her somewhat estranged sister Kate calls from Hindsville, Missouri, Karen decides it is time to mend fences and visit her family while she still can. In the Ozarks on Grandma Rose’s farm, Karen begins to listen to the Sycamore trees while her family including Kate’s children engulfs her with love just as she reaches out to a mistreated young neighbor with music ability.

The talent of Lisa Wingate comes out very strongly with this powerful first person account of a person seeking what matters in life. The story line avoids the extreme so that the audience receives a deep character study that emphasizes loved ones as critical to well being while not condemning the urban rat race. The cast provides depth to the understanding of what motivates Karen so that she is a complete person struggling with establishing new goals. Genre fans will hear the entertaining message of THE LANGUAGE OF SYCAMORES.

Harriet Klausner


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