The Lion Trees: Part One: Unraveling, Part 1
What if survival required you to unlearn who you are? How far would you fall to save yourself? Sometimes happiness is a long way down.
The Johns family is unraveling. Hollis, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague's daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amid salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer.
By turns comical and poignant, the Johns family is tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are.
[A] cerebral page turner...a powerful and promising debut.-Kirkus Reviews
[Five Stars]...[A] powerful, gripping and realistic story...The Lion Trees does what so very few great novels can: it will take a lot out of you, but leave you with much more than you had when you began -Pacific Book Reviews, a five star review.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thicks - LibraryThing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a story about a dysfunctional family. The characters are very well developed and you can even relate to them in someone you know. That's ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JessicaSim - LibraryThing
It took me a long time to get through this book, but it's been a worthwhile journey. With the four main characters each having their own voice, at times I wished they had been given separate books or ... Read full review