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Glory Solomon, a young widow, holds tight to her memories while she struggles to hold on to her Central California farm. She makes ends meet by hosting weddings in the chapel her husband had built under their two-hundred-year-old white oak tree, known locally as Solomon’s Oak.

Fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire is the lone survivor of a family decimated by her sister’s disappearance. She arrives on Glory’s doorstep, pierced, tattooed, angry, and homeless. When Glory’s husband, Dan, was alive, they took in foster children, but Juniper may be more than she can handle alone.

Joseph Vigil is a former Albuquerque police officer and crime lab photographer who was shot during a meth lab bust that took the life of his best friend. Now disabled and in constant pain, he arrives in California to fulfill his dream of photographing the state’s giant trees, including Solomon’s Oak.

In Jo-Ann Mapson’s deeply felt, wise, and gritty novel, these three broken souls will find in each other an unexpected comfort, the bond of friendship, and a second chance to see the miracles of everyday life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Solomon’s Oak, we see how some things—like massive oaks, and unshakeable love—can stand the test of time. I love the way Jo-Ann Mapson writes about family—how the roots we put down are the ones that ultimately hold us together. Actually, let me correct myself: I just love the way Jo-Ann Mapson writes, period.”

    Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller

  • “Mapson [shows us] the world as we hope it is—a world in which flawed people can be basically healthy, and even pain has a richness to it…One of the most gifted writers of the contemporary American West.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mapson creates characters so real you could recognize them coming down the road.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Characters collide in this story of lost souls trying to rebuild their lives. A heart-warming read.”


  • “An emotionally genuine…story of three lonely, damaged people who find solace in one another.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With abundant compassion and soothing humor, three damaged souls are rescued in Mapson’s delicate tale of renewal and healing.”


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About the Author

Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of ten novels, including the beloved Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo, and the Los Angeles Times bestsellers The Wilder Sisters and Bad Girl Creek, a book club favorite. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their five dogs.

About the Narrator

Emily Durante has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years and is also an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook director. She has been acting since the age of seven and has performed in a number of stage productions at the professional, collegiate, and regional levels.