Under the Sitka Tree

A Novel by T.L. Alton

“Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.” Jeremiah 30:2

“Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.” Jeremiah 30:2

The majestic 100-year-old Sitka beckoned unto the townspeople of Ospero Falls to come discover who they were, reveal the secrets they hid from the outside world and what desires lay at the core of their hearts. The tree itself embodied the spirit of its elders, revealing under the layer of purplish grey bark the stories that had been told, secrets shared, friendships forged, love found and abandoned.

All of these things once hidden would become known, uniting them all together, Under the Sitka Tree.

“Wickedly robust characters that leap off the page; a young boy growing up during the fifties in a small west coast Canadian town. His life transformed by a unique Sitka spruce tree and one inspiring little girl. A father's devotion to his son, determined to give him a life he never had, results in the ultimate sacrifice. A young child who is searching for a deeper connection to her roots, struggles with her African heritage and forms a friendship with an unlikely alliance. An elderly woman surrounded in mystery and wisdom whose words reach into the souls of those she has touched. The sins and regrets of many whose paths are affected by greed, misery, and death, exploring the fragility of life.

A story of simpler times infused with the unknown, the innocence of the fifties, entangled in deception and passion that links a unique skeleton key to a spiritual Sitka spruce tree. Ultimately, each character has to embrace destiny to discover what lies beneath the masks they wear. A novel that will leave the reader intrigued, yet satisfied.”

T.L. Alton.
“We are bound by our roots... not by our feet.”

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Simone Weil