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Sycamore

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
An award-winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing must-listen in the spirit of Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore's longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some 18 years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess' troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.

Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart - most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature - desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope - as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Bryn Chancellor's Sycamore instantly reminded me of Tana French's thrillers: a small, intertwined community, a long-ago crime, the tension and intrigue that won't stop rippling... Chancellor writes gorgeously, and her story is riveting and real. I love it." - Joy Castro

"Bryn Chancellor explores the complexities of a small-town girlhood with insight and compassion. A page-turner and a heart-breaker, Sycamore marks the arrival of a shining new voice." - Tayari Jones

"Bryn Chancellor's compelling debut novel, Sycamore, weaves a suspenseful web around a small town in the years following a disappearance. With astute emotional and psychological observations, Chancellor successfully shows the power of the unknown as various individuals explore the many what ifs and imaginings of what really happened." - Jill McCorkle

"In this masterful performance, Bryn Chancellor explores the loss around which an entire community has calcified with humanity and wisdom. Chancellor digs deep in these pages, unearthing broken hearts, secrets, betrayals, passion and - most impressively - grace. What a joy to find a book that is both propulsive and perfectly composed." - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

"Haunting and elegiac, Bryn Chancellor's Sycamore masterfully traces the fault lines of trauma and loss that resurface in the wake of a tragedy's second coming." - Claire Vaye Watkins

"Sycamore is an amazing showcase for Bryn Chancellor's great talent, the way she allows each of the various characters to shine on their own, but connects them with such subtlety that their light forms a constellation that maps out the grief, the regrets, and the strength of an entire community. This is a powerful debut novel, one without flaw, and it will slay you." - Kevin Wilson


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Hardback Editions

May 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sycamore: A Novel
Author(s): Bryn Chancellor
ISBN: 0-06-266109-4 / 978-0-06-266109-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sycamore (Wheeler Publishing Large Print)
Author(s): Bryn Chancellor
ISBN: 1-4328-4192-0 / 978-1-4328-4192-8 (USA edition)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sycamore: A Novel
Author(s): Bryn Chancellor
ISBN: 0-06-266110-8 / 978-0-06-266110-4 (USA edition)
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May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sycamore: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-267712-8 / 978-0-06-267712-9 (USA edition)
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May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sycamore
Author(s): Bryn Chancellor
ISBN: 1-5384-1980-7 / 978-1-5384-1980-9 (USA edition)
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May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sycamore: A Novel
Author(s): Bryn Chancellor
ISBN: 1-5384-1979-3 / 978-1-5384-1979-3 (USA edition)
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Title: Sycamore
Author(s): Bryn Chancellor
ISBN: 1-5384-1981-5 / 978-1-5384-1981-6 (USA edition)
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