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Novels that span multiple generations of a family are not particularly uncommon, but it's hard to do them well. Christie, widely acclaimed in Canada but not well-known in the US, has done just that with this beautiful tale that opens and closes in the year 2038, and in between telescopes back through various points to 1908 and then forward again. Trees are intrinsic to the book both actually and metaphorically, and the people who interact with them and with each other are drawn thoughtfully and richly. The book doesn't moralizes but is deeply moral, and the heart of the story, set in the Depression, is riveting.