Our Father Who Art in a Tree

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Judy Pascoe’s metaphorical, deeply affecting debut novel is about a family, and how loss and grief can be moved through and overcome.

In a voice reminiscent of that of Scout Finch, the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, Judy Pascoe’s heroine, Simone, observes with candor and fresh insight the ways in which her mother, brothers, neighbors, and community deal with the death of her father. While her mother functions on only the most basic level, and her older brother buries himself in schoolwork, Simone conceives the idea that her father’s spirit lives in the tree in the backyard. She can go out there, climb up and sit in the tree’s branches, and talk to her father. It is only when Simone’s mother takes on a suitor that a confrontation is forced between the power of the past and the hope of new life in the future.

Rich in understanding about the power of love, the spirit, and belief, imbued with unexpected truths about people’s deep levels of connection and feeling, and written in prose that combines lyricism with rare humor and insight, Our Father Who Art in a Tree is a wonderful novel that deals, in a unique and profound way, with some of the eternal themes in fiction, and in life.
 

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Contents

Section 1
8
Section 2
14
Section 3
18
Section 4
34
Section 5
40
Section 6
60
Section 7
66
Section 8
70
Section 13
98
Section 14
102
Section 15
108
Section 16
120
Section 17
130
Section 18
140
Section 19
156
Section 20
172

Section 9
76
Section 10
82
Section 11
84
Section 12
90
Section 21
176
Section 22
180
Section 23
202
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About the author (2004)

JUDY PASCOE was born and educated in Australia. She worked for many years as an acrobat with Circus Oz, touring Australia and the world before becoming a stand-up comedienne on the U.K. comedy circuit. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.

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