This week, New York Times Bestselling author Karen White joined me in the studio to talk about her latest book, THE BEACH TREES. I have interviewed Karen several times over the years for various radio stations and shows and always enjoy catching up with her and digging into her latest book.
At first glance of the cover, you would think THE BEACH TREES is a simple, maybe romantic tale set in a beach town. But no. The cover really depicts the calm after the storm and it is into a post Hurricane Katrina world that Karen has woven a complex, moving, multi-generational story. The book is actually told by two narrators; one in the present — Julie, an outsider who doesn’t understand the deep attachments to home and who is struggling to move beyond a family tragedy from her childhood, and one in the past — Aimee a grandmother whose secrets from the past are complicating her the lives of her family.
I struggled in the interview (and above!) to summarize the book, not because it’s hard to understand but because there is a a lot going on. But that’s a good thing, trust me — it keeps you turning pages. THE BEACH TREES is full of mysteries to unfold and characters you will quickly become attached to. For me, it’s Karen’s best work to date. And that’s what every writer wants, isn’t it?
As always, I hope you enjoy the interview. And be sure to check out the rest of the author interview series on iTunes!
– Dana Barrett, Managing Editor