First. 2013. 380p. ebk. ISBN N/A. F
Bernard, a deaf woodworker, is drawn to the forest when he hears a lulling melody in his dreams. The woods give him an unexpected gift—an ancient cedar falls at his feet, and he almost loses his life salvaging part of the collapsed tree to build two guitars. From there, the story moves back and forth, tracing Bernard's European and Iroquois bloodline through time with the magical allure of the instrument connecting his family. Young's story spans two centuries, jumping from Canada to the French Alps to Southeast Asia and beyond, and introduces a gripping cast of characters who have moving tales to tell. Rich with beautiful imagery and symbolism, this debut novel will stay with readers long after the final page.
VERDICT Engrossing prose and an imaginative narrative define this gorgeous saga. [See "Striking a Cord: SELF-esteem," 1/13/17.]
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