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Old man AND the little leaf- Tara Smith - magical realism

Synopsis of The Old Man And The Little Leaf by Tara Smith

The story starts with Mr T, the old man referenced in the title, grieving the loss of his wife of 40 years. The cremation as per Indian customs is over today, with the family gathered here at Mr T’s house to share in his grief. 

After a couple of weeks, all the family members have returned home. T is now alone in the rambling house with a lifetime of memories and an aching loneliness that grows by the day. Fortunately, he shakes himself out of his deepening gloom, and decides to go for a walk along the boardwalk near his house.

The gray world of Mr T is suddenly attacked full force by the life, energy and vitality on the boardwalk – the trees, the river, the breeze, the people and dogs and babies. But that is just the beginning. As T rests on a bench under the huge maple tree, a leaf drops on to T’s lap – a talking, exuberant leaf called Little Leaf.

As the story unfolds, T’s life has irrevocably changed with unusual friends that Little Leaf introduces him to. Every day is magical now with adventures into the Milky Way on a light beam, rides atop friendly eagles, visits to an underwater cave where Toxy the fox lives amidst unbelievable splendor and wealth, an unexpected plunge off the earth into the Great Pipeline below from where no one has ever returned. Many more thrills await T and his unusual friends as they move through their lives.

But there is also fear, humiliation and anxiety in store for T; his neighbor, the 12 year old bully Sammy, and his despicable talking parrot have targeted T with their venomous and foul energies.

This is a story of joy, and of the magic of life if one could only see. It is a story of helplessness and crushing loneliness giving way to life-giving, beautiful experiences. Also, it is a commentary on the deep wounds and scars that bullies inflict.

You will love the book if you are a fan of
Neil Gaiman, Kazuo Ishiguro, Eowyn Ivey, Helen Oyeyemi, Amy Tan, aren Tei Yamashita, Virginia Woolf, Daniel Wallace,  Luis Alberto Urrea, Amos Tutola, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Orhan Pamuk, Erick Setiawan, Karen Russell, Salman Rushdie, Juan Rulfo, Tomas Rivera, Ishmael Reed, Loida Maritza Pérez, Milorad Pavić, Erin Morgenstern, Téa Obreht, Flann O’Brien, Ben Okri, Ruth Ozeki, Vladimir Nabokov, Haruki Murakami, Nicole Krauss, Kelly Link, Meg Medina, Anna Marie McLemore, Anna Marie McLemore, Yann Martel, Ibrahim al-Koni, Kojo Laing, Cristina Garcia, Nikolai Gogol, Gunter Grass, Lauren Groff, Yaa Gyasi, fantasy, hemingway, magical realism, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Mikhail Bulgakov, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Jorge Amado, Ron Arias, Marcel Ayme, Aimee Bender, Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, Arundhati Roy, Alejo Carpentier, Angela Carter, Ana Castillo, Toni Morrison, Syl Cheney-Coker, Otar Chiladze, Julio Cortázar, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Anthony Doerr, Mariana Enríquez, Louise Erdrich, Laura Esquivel, Thoreau, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mark Helprin, Mohsin Hamid, Joanne Harris, Alice Hoffman, Zora Neale Hurston, Ryhaan Shah, Zadie Smith, Tiphanie Yanique.

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