A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion – Our Review
One hot summer’s evening. Rage. Blinding anger where your brain has a complete mind snap. Libby’s mother, in a car of squabbling children, pulls up on the verge of an interstate motorway and tosses her middle child out of the car. Aghast, the older and younger siblings settle into tearful silence as she pulls away, leaving little Ellen alone to walk the last five miles home in darkness. This one rash act leads to an unforgettable summer.
Narrated by 15 year old Libby- a contemplative character you will come to love, A Crooked Tree is the beautifully written story of the intense complexities of family – the unconditional love between the children, the failings of the mother, the wonder of small kindnesses, the power of community.
A totally superb read, A Crooked Tree by debut Irish writer Una Mannion, is one of my favorite reads for the year so far.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books