- Mass Market Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Jove Books (Sep 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515129046
- ISBN-13: 978-0515129045
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,586,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In Cooper Falls, Rhode Island, the DeWilde family seems to have attained the American dream. Jack has recently expanded his very successful real estate business. His wife Meg, who once worked as Jack's accountant, has been the prime raiser of their two children. Sixteen years old Caleb is a star pitcher on the high school team with a potential major league career ahead of him. His sister Bethany is a reasonably popular young lady.
However, the DeWilde world shatters when seemingly out of nowhere, Caleb commits suicide. Though distraught, Jack wants to forget the tragedy and return to the normalcy of the past. Bethany, haunted by her sibling's wasted death, struggles with life using anger and rebellion as weapons to keep her loved ones away. Meg mourns the loss of her child, but worries that his sister will follow suit if the family fails to learn from Caleb's lesson. Willing to risk her marriage for what she perceives is the greater good, Meg begins to explore why her teen took his life.
Dee Holmes provides fans of relationship dramas a poignant look at teen suicide. The story line haunts the reader, especially when Meg starts to understand the demons that ate away at Caleb's essence and guiltily wonders what she could have done to ease her son's mind. THE CALEB TREES is an incredible character study that provides no easy solution to the major American problem of teen suicide. However, the novel causes the audience to think about their own family relationships, perhaps the greatest achievement an author can attain.
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