The Last Shade Tree
By Margaret Panofsky

Sequoyah Morgan Hummingbird is different, living on the edge of reality where sharing thoughts is as natural as breathing. But he hates everything about himself—his name, his lost childhood in a Cherokee residential school, his tongue-tied shyness. Even worse, the Moon People, an octogenarian pair orbiting high above the earth, force him to comply with their ruthless repopulation scheme—because they alone have seen WW III destroy humankind. By age twenty Sequoyah hits rock bottom. He pulls through, helped by friends and strangers drawn to the poetry and goodness within him. Stumbling as often as they succeed, Sequoyah and his new clan make love, babies, and history as they jump across continents and millennia.

Serious questions about war and racism lie beneath the surface of this thought-provoking story, written with humor, satire, sensuality, and pathos.

“I couldn’t put it down! This genre-defying novel is a must read for fantasy fans, a bit like a Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time for grownups. The tone shifts from romantic to darkly funny to poignant to mythological/spiritual, and the descriptive language is movingly poetic. The underlying message is about humanity: our equal power to nurture and to destroy ourselves, the people around us, and our planet. And to tie it all together, this is a really good story about a family with unique gifts trying to find a place to call home. A beautiful read.” Amazon reviewer.

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The Author of The Last Shade Tree

Margaret Panofsky grew up surrounded by Northern California’s live oak trees and golden wild-oat grass, but abandoned what’s left of that idyllic beauty to live in New York City. She is a musician who plays the viola da gamba and is founder and director of New York University’s The Teares of the Muses, a consort of viols. After years of playing Renaissance and Baroque music, she believes that her first novel has a definite musical lilt. See full biography here.

All Things That Matter Press

The superb All Things That Matter Press accepted The Last Shade Tree for publication, providing expert editing and design. All Things That Matter Press is a no fee, royalty paying, print-on-demand small press, that “seeks to publish those books that help the author share their Self with the world.” The book comes as a handsome, large-format 6x9 paperback or an ebook for Kindle and other readers. 

Acknowledgments for The Last Shade Tree

Writing is a solitary occupation until the completion of the first few drafts. Then the “sharing” begins as family and acquaintances make test runs reading it. Many drafts, trials and tribulations later, the novel sees the light of day. I’d like to thank a host of people for their gifts of time, attention, and patience.

Branching Out

These links are like leaves on The Last Shade Tree. Here you will meet a few of my talented, dedicated friends and also organizations that I consider especially significant to the novel’s content.



Full biography  /  All Things That Matter Press  /  Acknowledgments  / Branching Out: People and Institutions / Facebook

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