The Friday 56 #170 ~ The Memory Trees

Posted: November 10, 2017 in The Friday 56, YA Fantasy
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from:

The Memory Trees

  by Kali Wallace



Genre:  Magical Realism / YA Fantasy

My 56 from the hardcover.

Lovegoods didn’t leave the orchard. In all of Mom’s stories, every tale she had shared of their family when they cuddled together by the fire on cold winter nights, nobody ever left. Sorrow hadn’t even known they could.


Read on if you want to know more.


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 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 more 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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  1. Magical realism and I don’t have the best relationship. However, I am intrigued but the darkness of this one and that cover! I may have to check it out!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      The darkness grabbed me too. And the cover is awesome. The tinges of red on the tree branches. Hmm,,,is that blood?

  2. Even the book cover alone is fairly intriguing! I found myself wondering what was hanging from the trees and why… great tease, too!

    Have a lovely weekend! May your books be with you! :)

  3. How sad! But I love the idea of the mysterious family legacy. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  4. I’m so intrigued by the premise. I hope it’s as good as it sounds. :-) Happy weekend!

  5. You know I am hooked by the cover alone, but moving from the orchard to the beach…oh yeah.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  6. Breana M. says:

    This sounds like a sad but still interesting story. Thanks for mentioning it. Enjoy your current read.

  7. bevbou says:

    I love magical realism, and this one sounds awesome. Enjoy – and thanks for the visit.

  8. Ashley S. says:

    This sounds like something I might like! Thanks for sharing! Happy weekend! :)

  9. Literary Feline says:

    I really like the excerpt you shared. It makes me want to visit the orchard. This sounds like it will be a good one. I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Katherine P says:

    I’m intrigued! I’ve been enjoying magical realism lately but all I’ve read has been on the lighter side. I’m very curious about a darker type!