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The Private Lives of Trees
The Private Lives of Trees | Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell
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he story of a single night: a young professor of literature named Julin is reading to his step-daughter Daniela and nervously waiting for his wife Vernica to return from her art class. Each night, Julin has been improvising a story about trees to tell Daniela before she goes to sleep, and each Sunday he works on a novel about a man tending to his bonsai, but something about this night is different. As Julin becomes increasing concerned that Vernica won't return, he reflects on their life together in minute detail, and imagines what Daniela-at 20, at 25 will think.
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ReadingEnvy
The Private Lives of Trees | Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell
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I'm slowly making my way through Open Letter's first 75, purchased by my library. This is a novella about a man waiting for his wife to come home while he's taking care of his stepdaughter. It's memory and thought based rather than plot based, similar to The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker. Translated from the Spanish, the author is from Chile.

Dulcinella I enjoyed her books a lot! 2y
ReadingEnvy Isn't Alejandro male? 2y
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DavidBookwormPopovich
The Private Lives of Trees | Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

So I just learned about Open Letter books and I might be talking about them very quickly. I love world literature!

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sofiaga
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The remedy for a really hot afternoon.

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Mjk20a
The Private Lives of Trees | Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell
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Zambra's situations are always interesting, can't wait for Multiple Choice