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The Family Tree
The Family Tree
Author: Sheri S. Tepper
THE ONCE FERTILE EARTH OF DORA HENRYS CHILDHOOD HAS BEEN UNDERVALUED AND OVERDEVELOPED. NOW NATURE, APPARENTLY, HAS DECIDED TO FIGHT BACK.Police officer Dora Henry is investigating the bizarre murders of three geneticists. Meanwhile, strange things are happening everywhere she turns. Weeds are becoming trees; trees are becoming forests. Overnigh...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780380974788
ISBN-10: 0380974789
Publication Date: 5/1997
Pages: 377
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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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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Just like 'Karen R.' I loved and hated this book all at the same time.

As far as 'preachy'goes, I don't think so. She has a foundation that she builds her stories around... Just like Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Johathon Kellerman, or Sue Grafton. The reader is either attracted to that foundation, or moves on.

I happened to like the base of her books, and read them all. I was reading the books by Joan Slonczewski at the same time. If you like Sheri Tepper, she's a natural addition to you reading list.

I find them strong writers and needed to 'listen', to pay attention to what they were writing. Definately not bubble gum, or day at the beach. Well worth the time.


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