Tree is a novel about a tree written from a unique point of view: the chief narrator is a tree. Tree uses magical realism as a key to access the interrelated emotional realities of the many species that share one pristine valley in Topanga, California. Grass, birds, other trees and animals come to life on the pages, while one 19th century Mexican woman and one 20th century school boy, hearts opened by grief and loneliness, come to know one California live oak whose 229 years span the evolution of four human civilizations, Chumash, Spanish/Mexican, Yankee and new money Hollywood, which each leave their mark upon the landscape and upon Tree. The author’s obsessive botanical, scientific and historical research give substance to a world that feels both as real as last weekend’s dust on hiking boots and as mind altering as a fully fledged mystical experience. Take a journey into the heart of the woods where every plant shines: Tree will change how you see nature.
I have never found a novel that brought to life the world of nature. In this case, Tree, is a journey in which it tells us what happened to life around it. Everything comes, goes, or changes around Tree. Tree gives us a deeper more realistic feeling of being there experiencing all the life, loss, and change as it happened. I absolutely loved the perspectives that the writer, Melina Sempill Watts gave. Each non-person thing came to life. Giving this book more depth and character. It was hard not to become emotionally attached while reading through the pages. I loved this book, and the ending had me not wanting to let it go. The raw emotion and new look into plants like Tree, had me hooked. Overall, I recommend this wonderful story to all.