A Tree of Life by Amy Munnell: A Review

From the first sentence, “I was eleven when I learned that children die,” Amy captivates the reader with descriptive prose and eloquent story telling.  She lets us see Marcia as a beloved sister, companion, rival, and trail blazer.  Sharing a congenital trait, the duo are bound with a  closeness that their six siblings can’t comprehend.

Marcia’s confident and competitive nature coupled with good humor are suddenly cut short at a tender age.  This left Amy in unchartered waters.  She struggled to emulative Marcia’s personality and in doing so discovers her own “voice” and leadership qualities.

Amy continually contemplated how different life would be if Marcia had become an adult. One spring her nieces and nephews climbed the cherry tree planted with Marcia’s ashes.  Amy paints a beautiful word picture paralleling the tree’s life span with Marcia’s spirit.  Marcia’s cherry tree has become a symbol of love, hope, and life eternal for  Amy and for us all.

Robert Frost said:  No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. I don’t believe you can read A Tree of Life in the Saying Goodbye Anthology without a few tears.  I know I couldn’t. – Sheila

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