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Robert Madrygin | The Solace of Trees :: Discussion Circle with the author

r madryginPlease 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

A bookseller with facilitate the gathering and we will meet at the store at 6 pm. We have two requests:
Read the book before to inform the discussion - we have copies available
Sign up to participate so we know how many are coming - there will be a limit to keep the discussion manageable

Free and open to the public. Please call 802-649-1114 or email for more information or to save a seat. 

Event date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Bookstore
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT
The Solace of Trees Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997316902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call or email to check availability)
Published: New Europe Books - July 11th, 2017

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.