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The Crying Tree is the debut novel by Naseem Rakha, an American author and journalist who has managed to combine her experiences reporting from death row, her everyday life in Oregon, and her emotional instincts as a wife and mother, into a beautiful, dramatic and engaging novel. In September ... Read review
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The problem of forgiveness

AdvantagesThought provoking and readable

DisadvantagesIntensely sad

"The Crying Tree is the debut novel by Naseem Rakha, an American author and journalist who has managed to combine her experiences reporting from death row, her everyday life in Oregon, and her emotional instincts as a wife and mother, into a beautiful, dramatic and engaging novel. In September 2010, Rakha wrote “I've reported many executions – but the more I see, the less it makes sense”. This novel tries to make sense of the death penalty, despair ..." Read review
01.12.2010

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Weepy

Advantageswell written, great initial idea, so sad and becomes very readable

Disadvantagesdisappointing plot revelation, didn't move me as much as I thought it would.

"...cannot and Shep dies at the scene. 1st October 2004, Superintendent Tab Mason receives notification that, after nineteen years on death row, the man accused of Sheps murder, Daniel Joseph Robbin, will be executed in less than a month. When told the news of his imminent death, Robbin barely acknowledges his fate. Starting his prison sentence at the age of nineteen, he has spent most of his life in prison and is tired of fighting the system. When ..." Read review
01.05.2011

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KathEv

A very sad and moving tale

AdvantagesGreat story

DisadvantagesVery sad

"I was intrigued by the jacked description of this book although to be fair it wasn’t the happiest synopsis of a book I have read recently. This is Naseem Rakha’s debut novel and was released back in July 2009. Irene Stanley lives in Illinois with her husband Nate and her two children Shep and Bliss. Irene is very content with her life and likes things just the way they are. Her husband Nate is a police officer and her two children are thriving ..." Read review
07.12.2009

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The Crying Tree: What can a person forgive?

AdvantagesBrilliantly written. Compelling. Rich in language and content. Three dimensional characters.

DisadvantagesNothing at all.

" I have just finished reading The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha and I have to say that I thought it was an exceptional novel and one that I cannot recommend highly enough. It is an easy read (I read it in one six hour sitting!), but yet it is rich in both language and content in a way that many books try to be, but fail. The story spans 21 years, from 1984 to 2004 and follows the lives of Irene, Nate and Bliss Stanley and how their lives are changed ..." Read review
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EAN 9780230739543
Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title The Crying Tree
Author Naseem Rakha
Edition Hardback
Publisher Macmillan
ISBN 0230739547

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