The Memory Trees

The Memory Trees The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy a centuries old feud and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen year old Sorrow returns to her mother s family o

  • Title: The Memory Trees
  • Author: Kali Wallace
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  • Page: 445
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  • The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen year old Sorrow returns to her mother s family orchard for the summer.Sorrow Lovegood s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial appleThe Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen year old Sorrow returns to her mother s family orchard for the summer.Sorrow Lovegood s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople especially their neighbors, the Abrams family but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow s whole world Then one winter night everything changes Sorrow s sister Patience is tragically killed Their mother suffers a mental breakdown Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she s ever known.Now sixteen, Sorrow s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy even the details of her sister s death are unclear She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago Why has her mother kept her distance over the years What actually happened the night Patience died Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things

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    About “Kali Wallace

    • Kali Wallace

      Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, FSF, Asimov s, Lightspeed Magazine, and Tor Her first novel, Shallow Graves, was published by Katherine Tegen Books HarperCollins in 2016 Her second novel, The Memory Trees, will follow in 2017 She lives in southern California.



    190 thoughts on “The Memory Trees

    • This book had some of the best writing I've ever come across, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars, despite it feeling quite slow at times. It was a great story but I feel like it could've been 50 pages shorter. I'm so glad I read it though and I look forward to reading more from this author.


    • (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“There had been a fire. Patience had died. It was maddening, simplistic, and hollow, but that was all what Sorrow knew.”This was a contemporary story, about a girl who couldn’t remember the details of her sister’s death 8 years previously. Sorrow was an interesting character, and I did feel sorry for her when she couldn’t remember the details of her own sister’s death, or even the funeral. Movin [...]


    • Enchanting graveyard where bodies are marked with twisty old trees, a long history of magical women with more secrets than you can shake a stick at, and a good old creepy mystery. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH THAT I WANT TO MARRY IT. I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this beauty and will be buying it the day it comes out. The writing is gorgeous, the tale is gripping, and the haunted forest atmosphere is nightlight worthy. I can't wait!!!


    • 3.5 starsI was sent an ARC of The Memory Trees by Harper Collins (thank you so much!) but wasn't able to finish it before the book released (sawwy 😞).Magical Realism is not a genre I ever pick up despite the fact that I keep collecting magical realism books. Which means I have no idea how to rate this one. So here's this: I really enjoyed the story and I think Kali's prose are lovely. As for the cons, I think it was a tad too long for how uneventful it was, there really wasn't any magic, and [...]


    • The Memory Trees is a haunting, atmospheric, and gripping story. It can be slow at times, but the writing makes even the slow moments quite enjoyable. The story centers on family dynamics and Sorrow’s struggles - with herself, her past, and her families.Sorrow Lovegood has been living with her dad since the tragic death of her sister, 8 years ago. For all the tragedy and how much Patience’s death marked Sorrow’s life, she doesn’t remember much of it, and it's not a subject neither her da [...]


    • This book is exquisite—and often times painfully so. Wallace is a masterful storyteller who reveals the secrets of Sorrow’s past with mesmerizing acuity. In truth this is a really difficult review to write because I don’t feel like The Memory Trees was a book at all. Rather, it was an experience—one I lived and breathed—and it shook me so viscerally that it’s hard to step away to reflect on it here. But I want EVERYONE to read it so I’ll say a few things that rocked my world: There [...]


    • Beautiful, haunting, and mysterious. I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this novel. The writing is so rich and evocative--I found myself re-reading paragraphs just so I could take it in again. This story is richly layered with meaning, the characters deeply drawn. THE MEMORY TREES is utterly immersive, the kind of story that resonates long after the last page is read.


    • Despite a slow start and to begin with a slightly irritating main character I actually ended up really enjoying the book. The revelations were interesting and I didn't guess them at all. I ended up really liking the story and the development of Sorrow. I'd be interested in reading more from this author.



    • Alas, The Memory Trees falls on that odd line that I've found lately between something that enchanted me, and also left me slightly cold. I'll do my best to explain, I promise. It should be noted that I love Magical Realism. There's something beautiful about books that keep one foot firmly rooted in our reality, while exploring something otherworldly at the same time. In this case, I'm just not sure that Sorrow's story really accomplished that as well as I had hoped.At the core of this story is [...]


    • Second re-read for the blog tour by the Fantastic Flying Book Club!I liked the book very much. There is an atmosphere of haunting magic and trees. Sorrow is a really well fleshed out character. Despite the slow pace of the book, I enjoyed the adventure and the mystery the book had. The storytelling is masterful and tragically so too!I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This was an enchanting read with an amazing diverse cast, realistic characters, and mystery! Tota [...]


    • Reading this book was like stepping into another world, and I loved every second there. It takes place on a piece of rural family property that goes back generations and is imbued with history, joy, sorrow, struggle, and BLOOD (literally).Wallace's immersive descriptions transported me to the Lovegood orchard, where things don't work quite like they do everywhere else. Weather turns cold to mourn a family loss, and lost objects abruptly reappear. This isn't a full-on paranormal novel like Wallac [...]


    • A gorgeous tale of two clannish families in the hills of rural Vermont (wait, is there an urban VT?). Sorrow Lovegood's family has owned the same orchard for generations, passed down the matrilineal line. Eight years ago, her older sister, Patience died tragically in a fire and Sorrow hasn't set foot on the orchard since. Strangely, her memories of the time leading up to and just after her sister's death have are inaccessible. Could a trip to VT be exactly what she needs to get to the bottom of [...]


    • Riveting, masterful. Hard to put down. Glorious setting (creepy apple orchard in Vermont), secrets, a multi-generational family feud, an intriguing mystery. And the gorgeous prose! Wallace is SO good. I loved this book from the first page to the last.


    • Loved this!!This is an intense, exquisite magical realism novel about women, young and old across centuries. The language is beautiful and the characters deftly crafted. If you're looking for a book that has lots of action or romance, look elsewhere. This is a book about a girl trying to figure out who she is and where she comes from through the chaos of teenage emotion and the mist of childhood memory.I strongly recommend this book for fans of Anna-Marie McLemore and Maggie Stiefvater.*I receiv [...]


    • Going into The Memory Trees, I had high expectations. The majority of the reviews I had seen had been incredibly positive, and the summary made it sound like the sort of book I normally love. I mean, "century-old feud" AND "a mysterious family" legacy?! How can you not be sold by that? The Result? Beautifully written as well as spellbinding, Kali Wallace's The Memory Trees had me captivated from the first word until the very last. One of my favorite aspects of The Memory Tree was the writing. Ka [...]


    • This is a hard book to review. Mostly because it feels very ethereal, almost as if it isn't there. It gives a huge The Disappearances feel but you can't compare stories as they are not the same. I was glad to have read it but it wasn't my style of book and the ending left me wondering so many things I wasn't so pleased with it. I somehow expected a little more from the ending, as the story kept developing well near the end.


    • I was lucky to read an ARC of THE MEMORY TREES.Beautiful language, beautiful storytelling. I will definitely read it again.


    • 'The Memory Trees' is a fascinating new young adult novel full of magical realism and fantasy. The story may not be wholly unique, but the author adds in wonderful details to make it her own and set it apart from the other books like it. One thing I have to point out is the writing style. It's done in the third person, which is my least favorite. I like to have personal connections to the main characters, and this perspective never allows that to happen for me. It always feel like something is l [...]


    • Sixteen year old Sorrow Lovegood returns to her family Orchard in Vermont after eight years away. Can she piece together her missing memories from her hazy childhood and remember the events that led up to and surrounding her sisters death?This was a beautifully imaginative and hauntingly melancholy read, with a lot of loss and (aptly enough) sorrow. There were twists and turns throughout Sorrow's story, tying together past and present and delving through old family feuds and history.The ending w [...]


    • This was an enjoyable read. Mostly because I love stories centred around family and set in beautiful landscapes. However, the magical realism of the story didn't always hit the mark for me. There's extensive, detailed descriptions of the weather and the landscape which could get a bit repetitive and boring after a while. Do note that I'm not particularly fond of very descriptive writing - I enjoy some more plot-driven action. Even though the writing was not my cup of tea, I do admit it was beaut [...]


    • I really enjoyed this. It’s well written and intriguing. The pacing feels a bit slow in places but I really like how that means we get bits and pieces of the history throughout the story. And the ending is a gorgeous way of summing it up. My only real quibbles were not getting enough information - how is the orchard lined to their family? I definitely also need more on why the family history is so strained between them and the Abrams - I know you get bits but the level of anger over boundary l [...]


    • Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.Sorrow has heard stories of the Lovegood women her entire life who settled on an apple orchard in Vermont long ago; stories of their bravery and resilience, and of the centuries-long feud with the family next door. One cold winters night, eight years ago, Sorrow's sister Patience was tragically killed, and Sorrow was sent to live with her father in Miami. Now sixteen years old, Patience finds her memory of her childhood hazy, i [...]


    • What a beautiful, enchanting world Kali Wallace has created in The Memory Trees. It's the story of Sorrow Lovegood, who's haunted by personal tragedies that she only half-remembers, and it's also the story of generations of her maternal ancestors, who for centuries have nourished and been nourished by their orchard - a magical, enchanting place, and also a place that can be frightening and dangerous, a source of violent conflict as well as of solace and love. Family history replays itself in way [...]


    • Sorrow Lovegood is haunted by her family’s past, so it’s only fitting that Kali Wallace’s beautiful, atmospheric writing will absolutely haunt the reader. Wallace plunks the reader into the rivalries, both petty and great, of Abrams Valley, and explores the ways hatred and anger play out over generations. Sorrow is a girl at a crossroads, needing to process her past in order to move on, but so scarred by it that she has blocked out the parts she most needs to understand. Stories of Lovegoo [...]


    • This story of 12 generations of Lovegood women living on a parcel of land in Vermont, and their ongoing feud with their neighbors, the Abrams, is wonderful. Wallace's prose is gorgeous and lush. This is a book to savor, with passages I reread multiple times just for the lovely 'feel' of the words. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


    • THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace is a beautiful new book about family, loss, and how the past infuses the present. With deeply elaborative and inventive prose, this young adult novel fuses together multiple genres. Considered to be magical realism, the story has elements of historical fictions, contemporary dramas, mysteries, and fantasies, making it a truly unique work of art. While it is not a particularly easy read, those searching for an emotional story that features strong female characters [...]


    • Review Posted on Reading Lark 11/1/17: readinglark/2017Sorrow Lovegood hasn't been back to Vermont since she left at eight years old after the death of her older sister, Patience. Sorrow comes from a long line of independent women who have been labeled as witches due to their connection with their orchard and an age old feud with their neighbors, The Abrams. Sorrow's has spent her time since leaving Vermont living with her father and stepmother in Miami, Florida. She has repressed her memories o [...]


    • It was quite interesting getting to know Sorrow and the 12 generations of women in her family, as she tries to piece together her sister's final days. This trip through her tangled family tree unfolded through beautiful prose, family vignettes, and flash backs to that ill fated day. My heart ached and broke along with Sorrow's, and although the ending fell a little short for me, I enjoyed this coming of age tale. •Pro: The writing was so beautiful. Wallace's prose had this magical quality, tha [...]



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