Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Trailer Park Tuesday: The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies. Unless their last name is Grisham or King, authors will probably never see their trailers on the big screen at the local cineplex. And that's a shame because a lot of hard work goes into producing these short marriages between book and video. So, if you like what you see, please spread the word and help these videos go viral.

The trailer for Ellen Marie Wiseman's debut novel The Plum Tree is simple and short--less than 90 seconds of a slide show with text, accompanied by a soundtrack of haunting music--but it does what it needs to do efficiently: that is, get viewers intrigued in the book.  Wiseman tells the story of two young lovers in 1938 Germany--a Jewish boy and a German girl--who struggle to stay together in a changing world.  Okay "a changing world" might be an understatement when you consider the horrors of Dachau loom in their future, but you know what I mean.  Publishers Weekly wrote that The Plum Tree has a "compelling poignancy" and Jenna Blum (author of Those Who Save Us) said it is "a must-read for WW2 fiction aficionados--and any reader who loves a transporting story."


  1. A great trailer. The music is evocative of the challenges the couple in the book are facing. Intriguing enough to make me put The Plum Tree on my must read list.

    1. That's great, Diana! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy THE PLUM TREE.

  2. A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath. Thanks Ellen for this wonderful book!

  3. My only criticism is that I think I would have liked to see Christine be less emotional. True, she experienced one hardship and struggle after another... I simply felt that she was too much of a crybaby at times for the heroine that she truly was. This is my personal preference, though; other readers may have no problem with it. Otherwise, this is a really terrific debut novel, and I will recommend it to many others!