If Trees Could Talk
by Margot McMahon
If Trees Could Talk is a hybrid historical fiction/memoir that uncovers family secrets through the clues of Margot's father's reportorial paintings and her mother's travel journalism. "This is all they left to follow the breadcrumbs of their life story. The fear of losing my mother and her patterns had already happened, now Dad was ailing and I don't know my grandparent's names let alone where I came from. As I discover my Northern Irish Catholic roots, I realize my adventurous life has been a quest to understand my past. Buy Book Here!
Part memoir and part novel, Margot McMahon’s If Trees Could Talk plumbs the mysteries of her family’s story in order to make sense of the lives of her remarkable parents, Irene and Mac. What do we really know about those who have raised us, and those who raised them? And what does all of this tell us about where we have come from and who we are? McMahon’s gathering of research, oral history, memory, art, and imagined moments makes for a sprawling American story told with a keen eye and an open heart.
---Patricia Ann McNair, Responsible Adults
A lifelong-environmentalist, internationally- awarded Margot McMahon sculpts, writes and paints human, plant and animal forms to say, through art, her hope that decisions be made to support life on earth. Margot taught at Yale University. the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Margot is a founder of Ragdale’s Cornerstone Scholarship Fund and Yale Art Alumni League. Margot has published with Scholastic Magazine, Chicago Magazine, World Book Encyclopedia, Yale University P& P, MIT Press, 2021 Shades of Positively Pandemic, 2020 Fifty Years of Women at Yale Anthology and The Fifth Season, a Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award (2020) recipient (IWPA). Margot received Soka Gakkai International (Tokyo, Japan) Arts and Culture Award, International
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