A tragic event sends a small town reeling in Mary Swan's
brilliant, Scotiabank Giller-nominated The Boys in the
Trees, a haunting exploration of one family's desperation. For
the first time in Vintage Canada.
William, his wife and 2 daughters, new immigrants to a small town
in southern Ontario, are the picture of a devoted family. But when
he is accused of embezzlement, William commits an unthinkable
crime, and those who believed him to be an affectionate, attentive
father are brought up short. Mary Swan examines the intricate and
unexpected connections between the people in this close-knit
community that continue to echo into the future. In her nuanced,
evocative descriptions, a locket contains immeasurable sorrow,
trees provide refuge for lost souls and grief clicks into place
when a man cocks the cold-steel hammer of a revolver.
A supreme literary achievement, The Boys in the Trees
offers a chilling story that swells with acutely observed emotion