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The Shade Tree
Guernica Editions, Fall 2021
300 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771836296
ISBN10: 1771836296
$25.00 Canada, $21.95 US, £12.95 UK

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The Shade Tree is a searing exploration of racial injustice set against the backdrop of some of America's most turbulent historical events. The lives of two white sisters and a black midwife are inextricably linked through a series of haunting tragedies, and the characters must make life-changing decisions about where their loyalties lie: with their biological families or with a greater moral cause. From a Florida orange grove to the seat of power in Washington, DC, during the height of the civil rights movement, The Shade Tree tells a sweeping yet intimate story of racial discrimination and the human hunger for justice.

Mavis sifted through her information alone, looking at it from a variety of angles, depending on the day, and coming up with different interpretations. At church, the preacher talked about charity and forgiveness as if he practiced both himself, but Mavis remembered the look of greed on his face as he pushed forward to claim the last piece of Mrs. Dumfrey's lemon cheesecake at the picnic that wasn't a picnic at all, as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening around them.

Books by Theresa Shea

The Shade Tree