"A year and a half after the Stanley family relocates to Oregon, 15-year-old Shep Stanley is shot and killed in their home. A young man named Daniel Robbins is accused of the crime, found guilty, and sentenced to death, but the family itself finds small comfort in justice and is destroyed by their loss. Shep's mother, Irene, struggles daily with her grief and waits for the day Daniel will die, but she eventually comes to realise that Daniel's execution won't heal her pain. With well-developed characters and a story that focuses on loss, vengeance, and forgiveness, The Crying Tree will appeal to fans of Louise Doughty's equally nuanced Whatever You Love." August 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=667162
Such a worthwhile book to read that is truly unforgettable.
This was a bit of a challenging book because the POV is different than what I usually read - I don't often get the conservative Christian viewpoint. However, I thought that Rakha had some really great things to say about forgiveness - how sometimes it's done for selfish reasons, to get rid of your own psychological baggage and move forward; how it's a journey that often includes setbacks, and some steps have to be made over and over again; how sometimes it's easier to forgive someone else than it is to forgive yourself. Though I was sometimes frustrated in coming up against a viewpoint that I don't necessarily agree with, it was a very readable book and I'm glad that I read it.
great read about the power of forgiveness!
I agree with the previous comment - an un-put-downable book and thoughtful character development. Believable characterisation and good discussion of whether capital punishment offers closure in any way.
An absolutely mesmerizing novel about tragedy and the redemptive power of forgiveness, plotted around the killing of a boy and his murderer on Death Row. Rakha has written a book that is almost impossible to put down. It is hauntingly beautiful, with wonderfully complex characters; there are a few surprises in the story, but the point is not the mysteries of fact, but the mysteries of the heart. The Crying Tree has won many awards and accolades--it was a 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award winner, is a 2010 Target Stores Breakout Pick and a favorite handsell at bookstores. Now it has been chosen as the only book by an American author for the relaunch of the U.K.'s Richard and Judy Book Club. "A mesmerizing novel about tragedy and the redemptive power of forgiveness."
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