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A Crooked Tree

A Crooked Tree

ISBN
9780571357956
Published
28/01/2021
9780571357956
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
336

About the Book

My mother made a snap decision.
How could we know it would change us forever?


'Brimming with curiosity and wonder.' Irish Times
'Lushly atmospheric.' Daily Mail
'Thoroughly gripping.' Lucy Caldwell
'Brilliant.' Sara Baume


Rage. That's the feeling engulfing the car as Ellen's mother swerves over to the hard-shoulder and orders her daughter out onto the roadside. Ignoring the protests of her other children, she accelerates away, leaving Ellen standing on the gravel verge in her school pinafore and knee socks as the light fades.

What would you do as you watch your little sister getting smaller in the rear view window? How far would you be willing to go to help her? The Gallagher children are going to find out. This moment is the beginning of a summer that will change everything.

My mother made a snap decision. How could we know it would change us forever?'Brimming with curiosity and wonder.' Irish Times'Lushly atmospheric.' Daily Mail'Thoroughly gripping.' Lucy Caldwell'Brilliant.' Sara BaumeRage. That's the feeling engulfing the car as Ellen's mother swerves over to the hard-shoulder and orders her daughter out onto the roadside. Ignoring the protests of her other children, she accelerates away, leaving Ellen standing on the gravel verge in her school pinafore and knee socks as the light fades.What would you do as you watch your little sister getting smaller in the rear view window? How far would you be willing to go to help her? The Gallagher children are going to find out. This moment is the beginning of a summer that will change everything.
  • Una Mannion

    Una Mannion was born in Philadelphia and lives in County Sligo Ireland. She has won numerous prizes for her work including the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award and the Doolin, Cúirt, Allingham and Ambit short story prizes. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Lonely Crowd, Crannóg and Bare Fiction. She edits The Cormorant, a broadsheet of prose and poetry.

“It is a book full of knowledge . . . Mannion imparts Libby’s development in a series of subtle, suspenseful scenes that will leave the reader wanting more. An evocative and convincing coming-of-age story that is centred on the most important tree of all, the tree of life.”
- Irish Times
“A lushly atmospheric coming-of-age novel in which Libby’s splintering family seems to stand as a metaphor for America itself.”
- Daily Mail

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