The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook audiobook

The Which Way Tree

By Elizabeth Crook
Read by Will Collyer

Little, Brown & Company, Hachette Book Group 9780316434959
7.30 Hours Unabridged
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The dangerous and poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who boldly traverses the Texas frontier as she seeks to avenge her mother’s death Early one morning in the remote Hill Country of Texas, a panther attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, a former slave — 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. Narrated in Benjamin’s beguilingly plainspoken voice, The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha’s relentless determination to stalk and kill the notorious panther and avenge her mother’s death. In this quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but unstoppable tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with a score to settle. In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking tale of revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. Yet with the comedic undertones of Benjamin’s storytelling, it is also a timeless story full of warmth and humor and a testament to the enduring love between a sister and brother in an adventure whose legend will last a lifetime.

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

The dangerous and poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who boldly traverses the Texas frontier as she seeks to avenge her mother’s death

Early one morning in the remote Hill Country of Texas, a panther attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, a former slave — 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.

Narrated in Benjamin’s beguilingly plainspoken voice, The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha’s relentless determination to stalk and kill the notorious panther and avenge her mother’s death. In this quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but unstoppable tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with a score to settle.

In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking tale of revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. Yet with the comedic undertones of Benjamin’s storytelling, it is also a timeless story full of warmth and humor and a testament to the enduring love between a sister and brother in an adventure whose legend will last a lifetime.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The Which Way Tree is one part Track of the Cat, one part True Grit, and one part Tom Sawyer, a ruthless pedigree for a novel that displays human nature in its most beautiful form—a marvel.” Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author
“A small-scale masterwork, richly detailed and beautifully rendered.” S. C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author
“In the tradition of Charles Portis’ classic True Grit, Elizabeth Crook’s heart-pounding adventure, The Which Way Tree, features a tough-as-nails orphan in pursuit of frontier justice…You’ll follow Sam to the ends of the earth.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A ripping adventure…Benjamin is a boyishly charming chronicler of the crazed hunt.” Wall Street Journal
“Crook’s slim, intimate novel illustrates how, at their best, historical westerns provide insight into human nature tested by the sort of extreme conditions that rarely crop up in contemporary American settings.” Texas Monthly

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Author

Author Bio: Elizabeth Crook

Author Bio: Elizabeth Crook

Elizabeth Crook has published several novels. Her first, The Raven’s Bride, was the 2006 Texas Reads: One Book One Texas selection. The Night Journal was awarded the 2007 Spur Award for Best Long Novel of the West and the 2007 Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction. Monday, Monday was awarded the 2015 Jesse H. Jones award for fiction. She has also written for periodicals such as Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters and the board of the Texas Book Festival. She is a member of Women Writing the West, Western Writers of America, and The Texas Philosophical Society, and she was selected the honored writer for 2006 Texas Writers’ Month.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Westerns
Runtime: 7.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English