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FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway longlisted for the National Book Award!

FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway longlisted for the National Book Award!

We are proud to announce that FAR FROM THE TREE has been longlisted for the 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD!

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.



"Chapters alternate through their third-person perspectives, straightforward structure and syntax delivering accessibility without sacrificing nuance or complexity....These are multifaceted characters, shaped by upbringing as well as their genes, in complicated families. From the first page to the last, this compassionate, funny, moving, compulsively readable novel about what makes a family gets it right."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Writing in a shifting third-person narrative that is both nonjudgmental and deeply empathetic, Benway delves into the souls of these characters as they wrestle to overcome feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal, gradually coming to understand themselves and each other."
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Far from the Tree is the kind of book that strikes close to a reader’s heart. I had to know what happened to Grace, Maya, and Joaquin, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Beautiful.”
– Ally Condie, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Matched Trilogy

“Far From the Tree is a touching story about the strength and love of unconventional families, and the unbreakable bond of siblings near and far. Robin Benway’s characters are authentically crafted, full of heart, hurt, and hope.”
– Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe and Little & Lion

FAR FROM THE TREE will be available October 3, 2017 from Harper Teen. 

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