Cecil Durgin, a twelve-year-old African-American orphan, witnesses the perverse buildup to a brutal murder at an exclusive hunting camp in 1958. Decades later, the shame and guilt are still haunting him when fissures start forming in the lives of several characters unwittingly connected by a young woman’s body buried deep in the West Alabama woods. Thirty years of pressure and bitterness ignite an unstoppable chain reaction leading back to the night of the murder—and the truth.
In a Temple of Trees is the story of secrets and their devastating aftermath on the powerful and the meek, husbands and wives, the living and the dead.
Suzanne Hudson is the acclaimed author of In a Temple of Trees and Opposable Thumbs. She lives in Baldwin County, Alabama, where she is a middle-school guidance counselor and creative writing teacher.
Publication Date: September 19, 2003
trim size: 5 x 8