The Sandalwood Tree

By Elle Newmark
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781416590606, 360pp.)

Publication Date: March 13, 2012

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Nationally bestselling author Elle Newmark’s rich, sweeping novel brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the backdrop of war-torn India.

1947. India is rife with violence surrounding Britain’s imminent departure. Yet Evie Mitchell is eager to start a new life there with her husband, Martin, a troubled anthropologist, and their young son. It is in their colonial bungalow, hidden behind a brick wall, that Evie makes a startling discovery. Evie finds a packet of old letters that tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the same house in 1857. Consumed by their story, she embarks on a mission to uncover what the letters don’t explain. Along the way, she unearths a dark and disturbing secret. Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Bombay and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love.

About the Author
Elle Newmark is the acclaimed author of "The Book of Unholy Mischief". She lived and worked in the hills north of San Diego.

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  1. The Sandalwood Tree begins with a quote from Adela Winfield: "[D]eath steals everything but our stories." Later Evie paraphrases this as "[A]ll we really have are our stories" (p. 330) What do you think of this? Do you agree? Do you think our stories are the only things that last? 

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