Townsend author Angela Janacaro will read from her debut novel, The Dishwater Tree, at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St., on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
The Dishwater Tree is the latest offering from the Ennis-based Raven Publishing, and follows three generations of a Montana family as Janacaro solves the mystery of who left Worthy Chambers on the doorstep of an orphanage eighty years previously.
In an interview, Janacaro says the idea for The Dishwater Tree “came to me by way of a ninety-two year old woman who happened to mention a trip she and her husband were taking back to Miles City to view her childhood homestead. When she returned I asked what she had seen and her reply was, ‘The only thing left was my mother’s dishwater tree.’ Although I had never heard such a description of a tree, I knew immediately what it meant and it struck a chord with me and ignited my imagination.
“[T]he emotions, situations and characteristics I write about are universal… If a reader takes anything from the story I hope it is the feeling that life is beautiful. If we all had the privilege to make it to the epilogue of our own lives, I think we would find both the bad and the good meant something, and brought us, and those we loved full circle.”
Author Heidi Thomas praises Janacaro as having done “a masterful job of interweaving the past and the present.” Writer Eileen Clarke calls it “a novel of missed opportunities, as well as re-found treasures, that echoes in the heart of anyone who has loved and lost.”
The reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and signing. For more information, call 333-2330.