It was announced today that Naseem Rakha's The Crying Tree has won a 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers award for fiction. This is Rakha's debut novel, but she is a well-known, award-winning journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, as well as Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. The winners were selected by a committee of independent booksellers from more than 200 nominated titles, each written by a Northwest author and published in 2009.
"The Northwest is known for its readers, authors, and independent booksellers, and I am honored that The Crying Tree received this recognition from the region's literary community," says Rakha. "I keep hearing that the book tells a timely and important story, and this award helps validate those comments. From my launch at Powell's City of Books in Portland, to my visit with a group at the women's correctional facility in Wilsonville, OR, I've been thrilled to see the enthusiasm this story evokes. I again want to say 'thank you' to all the wonderful folks who have supported me and I hope the celebration of this award touches those who have graciously invited me into their lives."
The Crying Tree reaches into the heart of a family nearly torn apart by a mother's act of forgiveness. It is a story of things not being what they seem, family secrets, and how these furtive actions reverberate through many lives. Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the
Naseem Rakha is an award-winning author and journalist. She lives in Silverton, Oregon with her husband, son, and many animals. For more, go to www.naseemrakha.com
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