Wed, October 11, 7:00pm
Robert Madrygin will read from, discuss and sign The Solace of Trees, his gripping debut novel.
"The Solace of Trees tells the story of a child's ability to survive the unspeakable trauma of war with grace and resilience, and how these very skills become necessary once again as an adult. It is a story of human cruelty delivered by opposite forces, and of the power of the individual to make a difference each time." -- Patricia Whalen, former international judge of the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. The son of a US military lawyer, he grew up both in the United States and abroad--with his early years spent in postwar Japan, where his father had been appointed to defend the rights of Japanese POWs. Facing profound cultural and social shifts, 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 currently in Vermont.