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The Boys in the Trees: A Novel Paperback – Jan 22 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (Jan. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805086706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805086706
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #916,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Swan's gloomy, uneven first novel (after The Deep and Other Stories) explores how late 19th-century smalltown Canada deals with a horrific crime. William Heath leaves his native England with his young family, eventually landing in Emden, Canada. But just as the family is feeling settled, William is accused in the local paper of embezzlement, and as the scandal peaks, William kills his family. He's sentenced to death, and the novel is taken over by a cross-section of locals—a teacher, a doctor, a boy curious about the facts of the crime—who share their thoughts about the Heaths. These sketches demonstrate the author's writerly talents, but with each section, the plot drifts further afield to little effect. Though there are plenty of beautiful passages, the novel's structure undermines any emotional connection made early on. (Feb.)
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“This is a mesmerizing novel, that can truly claim to be filled with a ‘terrible beauty.’”—Alice Munro

“Intricate, haunting, entrancing, its mystery woven in the texture of the tiny details.”—Tessa Hadley, author of The Master Bedroom

“A lovely poignant novel, the movement of the narrative in time and space as natural and intricate as the movement of waves. The stories seem to be telling themselves, yet they are the product of tender and attentive craftsmanship.  . . . After finishing it, I feel as if I am still listening for it. It has the compelling logic of a lingering, powerful dream.”—Hilary Mantel, author of Beyond Black
“Beautifully written, the novel transpires in close-up, conveying a sense of intimacy and moving us right into the realm of the sometimes glorious, sometimes ghastly details.  There are scenes you will not soon forget.”—Ann Beattie

“[T]he novel is wonderful. The Boys in the Trees reads like a palimpsest, layering significance on significance . . .This is a book that will grow on rereading, and an author who may prove to be a master of the genre.”—The San Francisco Chronicle (2/23/08)

“Swan’s prose is tense, rhythmic and emotionally evocative . . . with its forceful observations and willed ambiguities, this challenging and often beautiful book can be as unsettling—and sometimes maddening—as a long look in the mirror.”—The New York Times Book Review

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