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Sleeping Under the Tree of Life

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book (nominee)
Sleeping Under the Tree of Life evokes the realm of ancestral knowledge with a deep respect for the natural world, a love of language, and an invitation for survival, and asks: Who survives without being transformed? Beneath luminous layers of imagery and mythology, science and nature, fantasy and the recounting of history, is the grace and tenderness of a poet's heart, the unwavering gaze of an oracle's vision, and the dreamlike whimsy of a storyteller's mind. Hope, love, and hard truths spring from these pages of a writer whose imagination conjures an unforgettable journey. Readers enter these poems and stories the way some souls enter church, a quiet garden, or a stand of trees--for rest, for the blessing of silence and reverie, for beauty if not redemption.

Review

The lyrical gifts of Thomas, editor of the celebrated Dark Matter anthologies, are on full display in this collection of poetry and short fiction.... She invokes the rhythms of African-American ring shouts and the dense, humid atmosphere of the American South. Her stories include reinventions of mythology, such as Medusa and Arachne ambushing the goddess Athena in revenge in "Arachne & Medusa Jump Athena," and haunting modern folktales about women with their roots in rivers (in "River, Clap Your Hands") and swamp trees (in "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells"), with references to recent natural disasters and human-created pollution. Thomas's skill with poetry and prose is remarkable, and even the shortest poems in this volume contain ideas and images that will linger in the reader's mind. Publishers Weekly



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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Conversation Pieces) (Volume 50)
Author(s): Sheree Renee Thomas
ISBN: 1-61976-111-4 / 978-1-61976-111-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Conversation Pieces Book 50)
Author(s): Sheree Renee Thomas
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU