The Tamarisk Tree by Gloria Beanblossom – A Book Review

In The Tamarisk Tree, Gloria Beanblossom delivers an epic story accurately detailing the true complexities of love, religion, family, and human nature.  

We all know what these things mean on the surface, but life experience tells us there are many gritty nuances to each of these, and Beanblossom does not hesitate to dive in to the murkiness that is real life.

However, just as she shows us the darker side of these things, she also shows us the power of hope when it comes to love, religion, family, and living as a human.   Her characters are flawed, as are we all, but they also have hope, and through that hope they meet with victory, though they do suffer some losses along the way.   Beanblossom understands how to create characters that are active participants in the human race.

Beanblossom has written a book that is very easy to get lost within.  We follow an epic tale as her main characters, Abby and David, struggle to come to terms with the consequences of their past actions.   Abby and David’s story is a complicated one, and Beanblossom gives them the time they deserve, which translates to a very long book.  If you are one who enjoys settling in and joining in the lives of characters, watching them grow and meet the challenges without the author rushing things, then I believe The Tamarisk Tree is for you.

Be warned, however.  Beanblossom pulls no punches.  She is not afraid to display life as it truly occurs, and for some, this realistic depiction may be offensive.   Beanblossom reminds us of the beauties of love, religion, and family, but she doesn’t shy away from the atrocities that can occur, either.

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Allin Township Library Book Signing, September of 2007

Here are some photographs from an appearance at the Allin Township Library in Stanford, IL.  I gave a talk on the writing process and discussed various methods of getting published.  Special thanks to Gloria Beanblossom–head librarian and fellow author–for inviting me to her library!

 All Photographs Copyright © Kristen Foley 2007  All Rights Reserved

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Outside View of Allin Township Library

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Young Man Taking Notes

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Use Your Writer’s Market!

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Taking Questions

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The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood, My Lifeline

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Standing