Widespread print ARC distribution (2017) yielded strong reviews in Booklist, LJ, and PW Book may have a shot at the Vermont Book Award and other awards: submitting in winter/spring 2018 2018 events: Author--who has a successful national book tour in summer/fall 2017 (which helped get 22 reviews, with 4+ stars, on Amazon--is available for events in across New England and the Northeast (venues in focus: bookstores, libraries, colleges, and organizations with an interest in refugee/immigration) Book club adoption? The book is perfect, publisher keen to discuss Adoption by library consortiums in New England? This may be the only major novel about a young Muslim refugee adopted in New England whose life comes undone after 9/11. How to get more libraries to order? In 2017: electronic ARC through Edelweiss + Net Galley
Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. He spent his early years in postwar Japan as the son of a US military lawyer appointed to defend the rights of Japanese POWs. On returning to America as a primary speaker of Japanese, he faced the first of numerous profound cultural and social shifts that have shaped much of his life. He navigated his way through an often troubled, isolated childhood that, due to family misfortunes and his father's career, saw him move from home to home over a dozen times and that for periods of time had him placed in foster care. The Solace of Trees is his first novel. He and his wife live in Brattleboro, Vermont.
"Powerful, eye-opening reading for everyone. . . . Using firm, quiet language to agonizing and ultimately infuriating effect, debut novelist Madrygin tells an important story." --Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal "Madrygin's harrowing, compelling debut will live long in the reader's memory. . . . A timely novel that introduces a writer of huge ambition, The Solace of Trees is deeply informative and moving, and it will spark debates regarding American foreign policy." Booklist "In Madrygin's gripping debut, the horrors of war give way to the challenges of carving out a life in a hostile country." Publishers Weekly