Solomon's Oak: A Novel

By Jo-Ann Mapson

Solomon's Oak is the tale of 3 those who have suffered losses that modified their lives perpetually: Glory Solomon, a tender widow who struggles to carry directly to her primary California farm; fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire, who arrives on Glory's doorstep, pierced, tattooed, offended, and homeless; and Joseph Vigil, a former Albuquerque police officer now disabled and in consistent ache, who involves California to satisfy his dream of photographing the state's monstrous timber, together with the two-hundred-year-old Solomon's Oak on Glory's farm. during this deeply felt, clever, and gritty novel, those 3 damaged souls will locate in one another an unforeseen convenience, and a moment probability to determine the miracles of daily life.

Jo-Ann Mapson is the writer of 9 past novels, together with the loved Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo (CBS television movie), and the l. a. occasions bestsellers The Wilder Sisters and undesirable woman Creek, a e-book membership favourite. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with her husband and their 5 canine. stopover at her site at

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"Dazzlingly written, indelibly relocating, and deeply profound, Solomon's Oak is stuffed with grace, center, and knowledge, and a wealthy solid of actual characters...Truly a gem."-Caroline Leavitt

"One bankruptcy into Solomon's Oak, I surrendered to Glory Solomon's wish and her selection of stressed hearts, and my international easily disappeared."-Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Oh, that’s right—Penny was once continuously capturing. should have made a giant influence on you to settle on that to your occupation. So what do you are taking photos of, if i would ask? ” Crime scenes and useless humans? Wounds and bullet casings? Bloody palm prints on partitions and tire treads in dust? “While I’m the following, I plan to take photos of timber. ” “Trees? Why timber? ” “California has big redwoods. ” “But a tree simply stands there. Why now not take photographs of beautiful ladies? ” He smiled. “I locate timber extra fascinating. ” “Someone broke your middle, didn’t they? ” extra tales she didn’t have to listen approximately. “I’m simply taking it slow for myself. a holiday, i assume. ” Lorna obtained as much as go away, identifying up his empty plate. “I’m going to inform you anything, Joseph. In among bushes, I recommend you begin doing a little push-ups. Get that damaged middle of yours again in scuffling with form otherwise you may fail to notice anything great. ” “Sound recommendation. thanks for the meal, senora. ” “Oh, name me Lorna. everybody does. ” How may well you now not locate convenience in a spot like that? Creamsicle bars. Bottles of root beer so chilly and slushy it harm your the teeth to drink. go back the empty, you’d get a nickel again. additionally, a large-size Swamp Juan got here with 4 Tootsie Pops. Even leftover, the pizza was once reliable. On Monday, December 1, Joseph received up at sunrise, nonetheless no longer acquainted with the time distinction. He seemed out the cabin window and observed frost on his vehicle windshield. The air progressively warmed up in what he’d come to think about as a California-style iciness, a lot hotter than Albuquerque. He drank espresso and reviewed his images of the pirate marriage ceremony. He photoshopped the purple eyes at the bride again to brown. He cropped the sword-fight photos to 0 in at the groom’s metal and grimace, and infrequently he checked out the image he’d shot of the frowning lady who used to be working the exhibit, Glory Solomon. She used to be an excellent cook dinner. yet her expression—what did she need to be frustrated approximately? He’d kept her bacon along with his digital camera. He couldn't think displaying his face there back, yet that’s the place the white oak tree was once, the one one love it within the complete nation. He’d noticeable it as soon as ahead of, the summer season he was once ten. That summer time were the second one yr in a row that the oak timber had did not produce acorns. while squirrels and chipmunks started to raid trash cans and boldly problem campers on the lake, the wooded area carrier investigated. That the oak bushes can be demise out used to be one of many causes. UFOs, toxins, mystery executive tasks, the arriving of one other ice age … these have been the reasons mentioned on the Butterfly Creek. The predictions terrorized a ten-year-old boy’s middle, giving him his first flavor of insomnia. “What will the squirrels devour, Grandmother? the place will birds make nests? If there’s no colour, won’t the animals die? ” “Come with me,” Grandmother Penny stated. She drove her pickup truck to Solomon’s Oak, chatted with the fellow who got here to the door of the farmhouse, then she and Joseph walked over to the white oak, a tree with one strike opposed to it already.

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