A Crooked Tree

A Crooked Tree

A haunting, suspenseful literary debut that combines a classic coming of age story with a portrait of a fractured American family dealing with the fallout of one summer evening gone terribly wrong.

“The night we left Ellen on the road, we drove up the mountain in silence.”

 It is the early 1980s and fifteen-year-old Libby is obsessed with The Field Guide to the Trees of North America, a gift her Irish immigrant father gave her before he died. She finds solace in “The Kingdom,” a stand of red oak and thick mountain laurel near her home in suburban Pennsylvania, where she can escape from her large and unruly family and share menthol cigarettes and lukewarm beers with her best friend.

 One night, while driving home, Libby’s mother, exhausted and overwhelmed with the fighting in the backseat, pulls over and orders Libby’s little sister Ellen to walk home. What none of this family knows as they drive off leaving a twelve-year-old girl on the side of the road five miles from home with darkness closing in, is what will happen next.

 A Crooked Tree is a surprising, indelible novel, both a poignant portrayal of an unmoored childhood giving way to adolescence, and a gripping tale about the unexpected reverberations of one rash act.

Title:A Crooked Tree
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063049840
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  • Will Byrnes

    Ooh, a storm is threatening My very life today If I don't get some shelter Ooh yeah I'm gonna fade away - from Gimme Shelter by the Rolling StonesThe 80s, late Spring. Faye Gallagher, a widowed singl...

  • Michelle

    A mother, at her wits end, with four bickering children in the car decides she's had it. She demands that Ellen gets out of the car to walk the next 5 miles home. Ellen is only twelve years old. What ...

  • Anna Luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /3 ¼ stars“That summer when I so desperately tried to reel us all in, I didn't understand the forces spinning us apart.” The opening of A Crooked Tree is c...

  • Amanda

    A mother is in the car driving home with her four bickering children, she stops the car and demands that 12 year old Ellen gets out of the car. She drives away leaving her on a dark road 5 miles from ...

  • Cynthia

    ***Happy pub day to one of my favorite reads of 2020! A Crooked Tree is now available 1/5/21!***Just when I thought I had my top five reads of 2020 well-established, A Crooked Tree came along and foil...

  • Stacey-Lea

    I genuinely cannot believe this is a debut. Mannion’s writing is so beautiful and atmospheric, not to mention the amazing ability to ground this story in such a vivid reality. A Crooked Tree is a ch...

  • Barbara

    3.5 Stars: What drew me to this novel is the premise that a mother kicks out of the car her 12 year-old daughter after the girl was being a bit cheeky. I think we all know of someone who was kicked ou...

  • Jenna

    Popsugar 2021 Reading Challenge: a book set mostly or entirely outdoors. 2021 Reading Women Challenge #18: rural setting....

  • lark benobi

    Una Mannion loves her characters and she does a good job of differentiating the members of the large and complicated family at the heart of this novel. For me though the novel relies a little too heav...

  • Eric Anderson

    There's a bitter-sweet vein of nostalgia running throughout Una Mannion's novel “A Crooked Tree”. It's told from from the point of view of Libby who is looking back at a period of her teenage year...