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Ron Charles…[a] lovely first novel inspired by a Russian folk tale…Sad as the story often is, with its haunting fairy-tale ending, what I remember best are the scenes of unabashed joy. That isn't a feeling literary fiction seems to have much use for, but Ivey conveys surprising moments of happiness with such heartfelt conviction. Mabel's sister puts it well in a letter from Pennsylvania: "In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees." You'll catch that same magic in the leaves of this book.
—The Washington Post