Join author Peter Karofsky, MD as he discusses his novel "And The Oaks Heard Them All."
This story is about Brenda Nelson as a twelve-year-old and Brenda Nelson Bjorkman as a forty-three-year-old. It is about bullying, anorexia, friendships, competition, and first love in adolescence, and about mentoring, obesity, forgiving, and parenting in adulthood. With tennis as a metaphor for life, the novel volleys between the summers of 1975 and 2006. It documents the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the effect children have on adults and adults have on children. It exposes flaws in the flawless, weaknesses in the strongest, and it scrutinizes characters of both sexes with varying intellectual and physical abilities. The book integrates the real histories of 1975 and 2006 with the fictional characters and events of And the Oaks Heard Them All, to give the novel its authenticity.