The Which Way Tree

The Which Way Tree

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Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred. The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha's unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316434959
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 06, 2018

Remember when Naomi Shihab Nye said if we only read one book this year, read "The Which Way Tree" ? Well, I did. And wow. So now I just finished "The Night Journal." (Went from her latest to one of her first.) GORGEOUS writing. And the landscape of the US southwest (where I've yet to go) is a tantalizing essence throughout. Elizabeth employs lots of research and immerses herself in the actual voices of writers (diarists, letter writers, authors) from the past, and this authenticity shines through in her own characters -- who are DIVINE (and will hang around in your consciousness for quite a while.) All at the library!


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