Please join us for a discussion of The Solace of Trees with the author Robert Madrygin.
In this moving novel, a Bosnian War orphan of Muslim heritage escapes his homeland, finds a new family in New England, and learns to deal with his trauma. Years later he is entangled in America's extraordinary post-9/11 rendition program. The Solace of Trees is a piercing and resonant debut novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit, and a cautionary tale about the damage that can be inflicted upon war victims when nations become obsessed with self-protection and retribution.
Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. As a child he lived in US-occupied Japan, attended a local school, and learned to speak Japanese. He has lived on both coasts and in Morocco, Spain, Paris, and Ecuador. While Madrygin was in his teens, his father suffered a series of massive debilitating strokes and his mother died. On his own at a young age, he continued a life of travel. He and his wife live currently in Vermont.
“The Solace of Trees tells the story of a child’s ability to survive the unspeakable trauma of war with grace and resilience, and how these very skills become necessary once again as an adult. It is a story of human cruelty delivered by opposite forces, and of the power of the individual to make a difference each time.” — Patricia Whalen, former international judge of the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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A Bosnian War orphan of Muslim heritage escapes his homeland, finds a new family in New England, and learns to deal with his trauma--and years later falls into the depths of post-9/11 America's extraordinary rendition program.