19 The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

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This entrancing novel weaves magical and mundane threads into a compelling tale of human and botanical family history. On her death, the descendants of Oleander Gardener each inherit a seed pod, rumoured to bestow enlightenment and death at the same moment. For unhappy Bryony, her spiky cousins Charlie and Clem and their childhood friend Fleur, the pods are reminders of the quest that lured their parents to their death. For their partners and children this inheritance is a catalyst for a series of questions and crises that will change the family tree. With memorable characters and exciting ideas, this novel leads the reader into the bewitching tangle of human desires and the mysterious power of plant life.