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The Family Tree
The Family Tree
Author: Sherri S. Tepper
ISBN-13: 9780002246682
ISBN-10: 0002246686
Publication Date: 1997
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 6 ratings
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book and yet I hated it at the same time. I was going through and all was good when *wham* a huge plot twist happened that I did not at all expect. I actually threw the book across the room!! But I got up, picked the book up, and continued reading - to find that it was still a very excellent book.
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Helpful Score: 5
Like all Sherri Tepper Novels, yes it does get preachy at times. But this book stays away from her feminist male bashing and doesn't preach too often. The story telling is strong and the format is unique and enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 4
An exciting and thought-provoking piece of "speculation fiction" about the relationship between humans and nature. I loved this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
I'm a Tepper fan and a tree-hugger so this was great fun.
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Helpful Score: 1
The Family Tree deals with all of the serious themes that Tepper is known for - ecology, overpopulation, etc... but does so in a very clever, funny way. The format is one of two seemingly unrelated, interleaved stories (one a contemporary drama, one an Arabian-Nights-flavored fairy tale) which merge about halfway through the book - some might find it a bit gimmicky, but I like it...
It's one of those books that it's hard to say much about without major spoilers, so I'll leave it at that!
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Suddenly trees become rampant, growing at a fantastic rate to conquer any spare land, block roads, take over unoccupied rooms in houses, and possibly cause the disappearance of babies, always the fourth child (at least) of a family.
Police officer Dora Henry suspects the plague of trees began in the garden of the home she shared until recently with her husband Jared. Meanwhile, Dora is seeking a divorce from Jared and investigating the murders of three geneticists who were all working to develop intelligence in other species.
And far in the future, when technology has all but vanished, two princes and their followers find themselves on similar quests that willtake them back in time.
Dora will find out about the future. The trees keep growing . . .

By the award-winning author of GRASS, and GIBBON'S DECLINE AND FALL and the novels of The True Game with Mavin Manyshaped.