A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion
Rage. Thats the feeling engulfing the car as Ellens mother swerves over to the hard-shoulder and orders her daughter out onto the roadside.
This is the story of Libby and her siblings over one long, hot summer, and how one decision can have terrible, unintended consequences . . .
New York Times Review
‘The opening scene of [the novel] will strike fear into the hearts of any former children whose had-it-up-to-here parents ever threatened to kick them and their squabbling siblings out of the car. Driving at twilight one day, Faye Gallagher, a widowed mother of five, actually does it: She stops the car five miles from home and leaves her twelve-year-old daughter, Ellen, by the side of the road. Darkness sets in; the hours pass. Why hasn’t Ellen come home?
‘That single, shocking moment reverberates through the book, bringing unexpected consequences for the family and their neighbours. The menace in this moody, meticulously plotted debut lies not in preposterous plot twists, but within the mysteries of dysfunctional families, close-knit neighborhoods harbouring dark secrets and adolescents’ imperfect, and sometimes disastrous, understanding of the world of adults.’
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.
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