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The Wishing Trees (Paperback)
August 2010 Indie Next List
“Ian and his 10-year-old daughter Mattie set out on a memory tour of the Asian countries in which Ian and Kate, Ian's late wife and Mattie's mother, had met. Ian and Kate had planned to take this trip on their 15th anniversary. In her final days, Kate wrote a note to each of them for every country on their trip, and as Ian and Mattie open them, they discover her love and wishes for them. Mattie draws a picture in each country and ties it to a 'wishing tree' for Kate to 'see.' This is a sensitive and poignant family story.”
— Sally Van Wert, MacDonald Book Shop, Estes Park, CO
Almost a year after the death of his wife, former high-tech executive Ian finds a letter that will change his life. It contains Kate's final wish-a plea for him to take their ten-year-old daughter, Mattie, on a trip across Asia, through the countries they had always planned to visit. Eager to honor the woman they loved, Ian and Mattie embark on an epic journey, leaving notes to Kate in "wishing trees" along the way, and encountering miracles large and small. And as they begin to find their way back to each other, they discover that healing is possible and love endures-lessons that Kate hoped to show them all along...
About the Author
John Shors traveled extensively throughout Asia after graduating from Colorado College in 1991, living for several years in Japan, where he taught English, and then trekking across the continent, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. More recently, Mr. Shors worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, before entering public relations and moving to Boulder, Colorado. Beneath a Marble Sky is his first novel.
"John Shors' The Wishing Tree is an affecting and sensitively rendered study of grief and loss, the healing power of artistic expression, and the life- altering rewards of travel to distant lands. I was deeply moved by this poignant and life-affirming novel."
-Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and Wishin' and Hopin'