Sycamore: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-05-09
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Bryn Chancellor
Masterful. . . . What a joy to find a book that is both propulsive and perfectly composed.ââÂ Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author ofÂ The Nest
Riveting. . . .This is a movingly written, multivoiced novel examining how one tragic circumstance can sow doubt about fundamental things. . . . a transporting vision of community, connection, and forgiveness.âPublishers Weekly (Starred review, Pick of the Week)
An award-winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing page-turner in the spirit ofÂ Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.
Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine.Â As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamoreâs longtime residents fear the bones may belong toÂ Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit JessâsÂ troubledÂ history.Â In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.
Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps theÂ bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heartâmost notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on theÂ threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric,Â SycamoreÂ is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human natureâdesire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hopeâas witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.Â