The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree

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Bella Winter is homeless and jobless. The mother of a toddler by a man whose name she didn't quite catch, her once pretty face is now marred by a scar from a car accident. She's recently disentangled herself from a selfish and indifferent boyfriend and a cruel and indifferent mother. But she shares a quality common to Barbara Comyns's heroines: a bracingly unsentimental ability to carry on. It's not long before Bella has found not only a job but a vocation; not only a place to live but a home and a makeshift family. As Comyns's novel progresses, the story echoes and inverts the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale The Juniper Tree. Will Bella's hard-won restoration to life and love come at the cost of others' happiness?
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9781681371313
Characteristics: ix, 177 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 10, 2018

Barbara Comyns' writing has an agreeably comforting effect. As Sadie Stein writes in her Introduction, "Reading her is a curiously relaxing experience." Yet the story flows through deeply disturbing currents. A small book that will stay with you long after the final page.


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