The Tree Doctor

Coming March, 2024 from Graywolf Press

Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s first novel since her 2009 debut, Picking Bones from Ash, about a professor who returns to Carmel, California from Hong Kong to care for her ailing mother during the onset of “the disease” and starts a passionate affair with an arborist who shares her fascination with her mother’s puzzling garden, refracted through her struggle to teach (remotely) Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji, while balancing care for others and care for herself.

“Sex. Death. Rebirth. It’s all here in one astonishing book.” Gish Jen