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LinkEqual parts heart-wrenching and uplifting, The Year The Trees Didn’t Die tells of loss on every level imaginable: loss of identity, loss of control, and of a mother who promised to “exchange loss for love…” Unflinching in its honesty and rawness, it is a haunting and remarkable story that is unforgettable.

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Mary Koral's memoir shares the love and family created by her and her husband as they faced the challenges of adopting and raising three children from three different regions of the world at a time when multiracial families were rare.The story is extraordinary and Koral's use of language is almost poetic. She captures people, places, and situations as no other author I have encountered and conveys the triumphs of persistent love in the face of the unpredicted demands of adoption and  multicultural parenting. The book is hard to put down and almost every chapter left me teary and thinking about all of the people I wanted to share it with.

Marion Perlmutter, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan

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