September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Robert Madrygin will read from his gripping new novel, The Solace of Trees. This harrowing tale is of an eleven year old Muslim boy in Bosnia who witnesses his family’s murder during their civil war and flees alone through the Bosnian forest. After eventually finding safety at a UN camp, he emigrates to America. The Solace of Trees is his coming of age story as he finds a new family and makes a life in America, until September 11th, 2001. . . 

"If this book doesn't dispel the myth of American exceptionalism, nothing will." — L. E. Randolph

Robert Madrygin had a multicultural childhood. His father’s law career with the military brought the family to US-occupied Japan, both coasts of the United States, Morocco, Franco-ruled Spain, and Paris. He had a difficult life and was on his own at a young age. He worked in Spain as a laborer, in Italy as a deckhand on a ship, and in Alaska on a railroad and as a crew member on a fishing boat. He has since lived in the US, Ecuador, and Spain and traveled widely. He currently lives in Vermont.