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Amaryllis in Blueberry
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  • Paperback
  • Feb.08.2011
  • 9781439156896
  • Gallery

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In the stirring tradition of The Secret Life of Bees and The Poisonwood Bible, Amaryllis in Blueberry explores the complexity of human relationships set against an unforgettable backdrop. Told through the haunting voices of Dick and Seena Slepy and their four daughters, Christina Meldrum's soulful novel weaves together the past and the present of a family harmed--and healed--by buried secrets. "Maybe, unlike hope, truth couldn't be contained in a jar..."  Meet the Slepys: Dick, the stern doctor, the naive husband, a man devoted to both facts and faith; Seena, the storyteller, the restless wife,  a mother of four, a lover of myth.  And their children, the Marys:  Mary Grace, the devastating beauty; Mary Tessa, the insistent inquisitor; Mary Catherine, the saintly, lost soul; and finally, Amaryllis, Seena's unspoken favorite, born...
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In the stirring tradition of The Secret Life of Bees and The Poisonwood Bible, Amaryllis in Blueberry explores the complexity of human relationships set against an unforgettable backdrop. Told through the haunting voices of Dick and Seena Slepy and their four daughters, Christina Meldrum's soulful novel weaves together the past and the present of a family harmed--and healed--by buried secrets.

"Maybe, unlike hope, truth couldn't be contained in a jar..." 

Meet the Slepys: Dick, the stern doctor, the naive husband, a man devoted to both facts and faith; Seena, the storyteller, the restless wife,  a mother of four, a lover of myth.  And their children, the Marys:  Mary Grace, the devastating beauty; Mary Tessa, the insistent inquisitor; Mary Catherine, the saintly, lost soul; and finally, Amaryllis, Seena's unspoken favorite, born with the mystifying ability to sense the future, touch the past and distinguish the truth tellers from the most convincing liar of all.
 
When Dick insists his family move from Michigan to the unfamiliar world of Africa for missionary work, he can't possibly foresee how this new land and its people will entrance and change his daughters--and himself--forever.
 
Nor can he predict how Africa will spur his wife Seena toward an old but unforgotten obsession.   In fact, Seena may be falling into a trance of her own. . . .

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About Christina

Christina Meldrum is the author of MADAPPLE (Knopf, 2008), now available in paperback, and of AMARYLLIS IN BLUEBERRY, forthcoming in 2011 from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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Published Reviews

Mar.21.2008

Starred Review, Madapple.
Meldrum, Christina (Author)
May 2008. 416 p. Knopf, hardcover, $16.99. (9780375851766). Knopf, library edition, $19.99.
(9780375951763).
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Apr.02.2008

Christina Meldrum Madapple
404 pp. Knopf 5/08 isbn 978-0-375-85176-6 $16.99
Library edition isbn 978-0-375-95176-3 $19.99

In a stellar debut novel that explores the...