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Our Father Who Art in a Tree

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Our Father Who Art in a Tree

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.

Our Father Who Art in a Tree
by Judy Pascoe

  • Publication Date: April 13, 2004
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0375759875
  • ISBN-13: 9780375759871