Tell It to the Trees

Tell It to the Trees

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Anu Krishnan, seeking refuge from city life, becomes a tenant of the seemingly happy, tightly-knit Dharma family in a small northern town in B.C. But the Dharma family holds secrets which begin to spill out, brought on by Anu's presence, and leading to tragic consequences.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780676978940
9780676978933
0676978932
Branch Call Number: F BAD NVD
Characteristics: 255 p

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catherinejoy
Sep 07, 2017

Depressing and disturbing.

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writermala
Aug 07, 2017

Anita Rau Badami's book "Tell it to the trees," is set in the cold winters of Northern B.C. It tells of the Indo- Candian Dharma family who carry on their life under the shadows of abuse. As the wife Suman says, "All of us are carrying tales to him about each other, falling over ourselves to be in his good books. I as childish as my stepdaughter." The writing is crisp and the story poignant with an undercurrent of mystery. Will be a great addition to any reader's library or to a book club.

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SCL_AdultPicks
Mar 06, 2017

SCL Monday Afternoon Book Club rated this 7.5 out of 10. The group as a whole felt it was very well written and it will help start the conversation on the topic of inter-generational abuse.

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Margush
Jul 26, 2016

Manipulation is a nasty talent that some people possess. Often, we don't realize that someone manipulates us until it's too late. Varsha, a teenager, is a master of manipulation. As much as I enjoyed the story, I was fascinated to see how she was using her horrible skills, and how it was only Anu who recognized what the girl was doing to her brother and the rest of the family. She used every known moral and family value to control the whole family except for her equally horrible father. Good read.

timbert Nov 01, 2015

On going cruelty, these kinds of events have been all to common & are happening still but I question the value of such a book. It disturbed too much to finish so I do not know if the author gave it a 'good' ending.
No matter what, young people treated in such ways could never completely heal.

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gloryb
Aug 04, 2015

Not a long story told from varying points of view - have to read a bit to figure out who is talking. Sad story of abuse and bullying leading to deaths and murder on a multigenerational level.

brianreynolds May 09, 2013

Reading Tell It to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami was neither particularly enjoyable nor instructional. While family abuse is certainly a topical subject, readers looking for some insight into either its causes, dynamics or solutions will be disappointed. The abusers punch and kick and frighten while the victims cower and cover-up—over and over, from multiple points of view. Readers looking for a story will find it difficult to identify with, let alone fall in love with any of the characters. The potential hero, the tenant Anu who might have blown the whistle on the whole dysfunctional family, is dead before the first chapter starts—hardly a recipe for suspense. The "plot" is really just a revelation of how the seeds of abuse bear pain and suffering, how evil people do evil things. If that constitutes a plot at all (this is probably an archetypal irony) it is one that might be more interesting told to trees than readers.

afternoonbookclub1 Dec 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 30th from 1:30 to 3:00, the Unionville Book Club will meet to discuss this book.
All are welcome!
If you have any questions, please email me at cglynn@markham.library.on.ca or you can call (905)513-7977, ext. 5518.
Thanks.
Catherine

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testingbiblio
Nov 16, 2012

Enjoyed the combination of a murder mystery with Anita's wry humour.

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bdellovibrio
May 28, 2012

Loved the book! I figured out who was responsible for Anu's death--it became pretty obvious as the story progressed. And the ending left chills down my spine--so disturbing!

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laurathelib
Dec 16, 2011

Brothers teaches how war inflicts psychological damage on families across generations. A story that might have fallen short since the plot is pretty predictable, but it’s saved by good acting and character development.

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