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Mel's Tree Book Review Summary

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When Mark McCloud stepped off the plane to meet up with his siblings, he could never have imagined the reason he was called home. His only sister Melissa, had just committed suicide, leaving nothing but endless questions behind.

In the ensuing five days, Mel's brothers struggle with the loss of their sister while overcoming the obstacles left in her wake. Where will the youngest brother live? How will they help their mentally ill father cope with the loss of his only daughter? Most importantly, how will they learn to become the kind of family they each so desperately need?

As they mourn and go through the steps of planning the wake and finally burying their sister, the five brothers explain their role as branches that make up Mel's family tree.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   brother Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   brother/sisters

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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