The Beech Tree

By Don Phelan

Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


For more than 100 years, a beech tree stood on the first dune in from the Lake Michigan shore. The tree was known by tourists and townspeople alike as the place to carve your initials to memorialize your undying devotion. It came to be known as The Beech Tree. In 1998, the tree was destroyed in a freak storm of straight-line winds. The tree held the secrets of hundreds of people who carved their initials into her smooth, grey bark. The Beech Tree chronicles the (fictional) lives of a select few of those who visited the tree and shared their lives, their loves, their hopes and dreams, beneath the tree’s dark green canopy … and their curious, inexplicable connection to one another. When the book’s characters encounter another who has visited the tree, they experience a “déjà vu, don’t-I-know-you-from-somewhere?” moment. Only the readers are privy to this interaction as they experience the characters from a birds’-eye view.


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For more than 100 years, a beech tree stood on the first dune in from the Lake Michigan shore. The tree was known by tourists and townspeople alike as the place to carve your initials to memorialize your undying devotion. It came to be known as The Beech Tree. In 1998, the tree was destroyed in a freak storm of straight-line winds. The tree held the secrets of hundreds of people who carved their initials into her smooth, grey bark. The Beech Tree chronicles the (fictional) lives of a select few of those who visited the tree and shared their lives, their loves, their hopes and dreams, beneath the tree’s dark green canopy … and their curious, inexplicable connection to one another. When the book’s characters encounter another who has visited the tree, they experience a “déjà vu, don’t-I-know...


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Don has been a writer most of his life, including a series of poems for his daughters from their tooth fairies, to writing advertising strategies, and even a headline or two, to trade journal articles, a book on real estate, and curricula for real estate training classes. In 2007, his work "Down Boekeloo Road," was published in the "Best Poems and Poets of 2007." He published his book, "You Gonna' Sell Real Estate or What? The Guerrilla Guide to Real Estate Today" in 2012.


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Don has been a writer most of his life, including a series of poems for his daughters from their tooth fairies, to writing advertising strategies, and even a headline or two, to trade journal articles, a book on real estate, and curricula for real estate training classes. In 2007, his work "Down Boekeloo Road," was published in the "Best Poems and Poets of 2007." He published his book, "You Gonna'...


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