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The Wishing Trees

The Wishing Trees


When leaving a paper wish in a tree
can help heal a heart


Lafayette, CO, September 14, 2010 – To be released on September 7th, 2010 by Penguin, John Shors’ latest book, The Wishing Trees, is a story of honor, commitment, and love of that special person we hold dear in our hearts and for whom we grieve long after they have left our lives.

It is almost a year after the death of his beloved wife, Kate, when Ian, a former high-tech executive, finds a letter that will forever change his life.  It is a final wish from Kate; a plea for him to take their ten year-old daughter, Mattie, on a trip across Asia – a trip they had planned to take to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary but were never able to do.

Eager to honor the wife and mother they adored, Ian and Mattie set out on an epic journey that retraces the early days of Ian’s relationship with Kate.  Along the way, the two of them leave paper ‘wishes’ in ancient trees as symbols of their connection to Kate and their dreams for the future.  Through incredible landscapes and inspiring people, Ian and Mattie are greeted with miracles large and small.  As they each celebrate what Kate meant to them, they not only begin to find their way back to each other but they discover that healing is possible and that love endures – which is exactly what Kate hoped to show them all along.

The Wishing Trees is an affecting and sensitivity rendered study of grief and loss, the healing power of artistic expression, and the life-altering rewards of travel to distant lands.  I was deeply moved by this poignant and life-affirming novel.” -- Wally Lamb, #1 New York Times best-selling author of She’s Come Undone.

A story that will both inspire and comfort the reader with its beautiful messages, The Wishing Trees seems destined to become another book club hit.  Fueled by his desire to “give back” to readers, Shors had always included in the back of his best-selling novels an invitation for readers to contact him for one-on-one discussions with their book clubs.  His idea has blossomed into over 2,500 book club meetings to date and resulted in his books being translated into twenty-five languages. This one-of-a-kind national book club program has been featured on CBS News, and in Newsweek Magazine, and The Denver Post.

Shors lived and taught English for several years in Kyoto, Japan, and later trekked across Asia and climbed the Himalayas.  His personal, traveling experiences are reflected in The Wishing Trees, adding even more authenticity to his vibrant story.  For more information, please visit his website at:

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