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Zebra Forest

by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Zebra Forest
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2013, 208 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2014, 208 pages

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Tamara Smith

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Filled with vibrant characters and their realistic interactions, this evocative debut novel is worth savoring slowly.

There's that advice we have all heard: Don't judge a book by its cover. I would add another: Don't believe the blurbs. Right? How many times have you picked up a book, looked at the cover art, then read the back blurb and made a decision about whether to check the book out of the library, to buy it, to read it? I've done it countless times. As a writer, I'm supposed to know better but still, I find that I put a lot of weight into the way the covers resonate for me.

Zebra Forest, Adina Rishe Gewirtz's debut novel, got me with its gorgeous cover art. The title is formed into a house, which then sits on a hill in front of a "zebra" forest – of black, grey and white birch trees. Very cool. And the blurb on the back – I won't quote it in its entirety but here is a bit: "This deeply compelling, emotionally evocative, and grippingly suspenseful look at the complicated fallout from...

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