The Widow and the Tree [NOOK Book]

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The magnificent Ghosthead Oak has stood watch over coastal Alabama’s mysterious backwater bays and slow-running rivers, where bull alligators rumble the nerves of lesser creatures and every living thing has the capacity to kill, for five hundred years. Some say the fabled giant tree was once a knee-high seedling brushed by the black boot of Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez. No other tree along the entire coastal crescent from New Orleans to Apalachicola can rival its majesty or its power to draw people to it....
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The Widow and the Tree

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Overview

The magnificent Ghosthead Oak has stood watch over coastal Alabama’s mysterious backwater bays and slow-running rivers, where bull alligators rumble the nerves of lesser creatures and every living thing has the capacity to kill, for five hundred years. Some say the fabled giant tree was once a knee-high seedling brushed by the black boot of Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez. No other tree along the entire coastal crescent from New Orleans to Apalachicola can rival its majesty or its power to draw people to it. In silence and with dignity, the Ghosthead has served as sentinel to the widow’s family land for countless generations. It was a childhood friend and a spirit guide in troubled times. Her father is buried in its shade. So why would the widow walk into a biker bar and hire a man to fire up his chainsaw and inflict fatal gashes around its trunk, ending in a few minutes what took five centuries to create? 'The Widow and the Tree' is a tale of dark deeds committed with mercy in mind, provoking the reader to ask: Would I have done the same thing? This book is based on a true story.
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Rural coastal Alabama is the backdrop for this moody tale of a giant tree, dubbed the Ghosthead Oak, that has grown for hundreds of years on land now owned by The Widow. Her lawyer-turned-goat herder husband died suddenly and young, and she still mourns his loss. A tourist attraction, a mythical character, and a magnet for the drunk and the troubled, the tree haunts The Widow with its looming presence. The Veteran, reclusive in his fishing hut, The Game Warden, and The Deputy are the other players who act out their dramas with Southern gothic detail. VERDICT Brewer (The Poet of Tolstoy Park; A Sound Like Thunder) breathes new life into his genre with classic storytelling rhythms and a real incident as his basis. A dark tale of moral choices in a uniquely conjured location.—Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596928183
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 505 KB

Meet the Author

About the Author: Sonny Brewer is the author of the novels 'The Poet of Tolstoy Park' and 'A Sound Like Thunder' and the editor of the 'Blue Moon Café' Southern fiction series. He founded 'Over the Transom Bookstore' in Fairhope, Alabama, where he lives with his family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    Good down home book

    this book was very good .if you like "WHERE THE RED FURN GROWS"and other stories in that nature ,you will love this book.When i started reading it i couldn,t put it down, the way the author writes keeps you involved and interested.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Picture of flawed characters in the Deep South

    Brewer has captured once again the feeling, setting, and characters of the Deep South. An abused boy who left to go to war and returned to leave near where he grew up. A young widow who had found her soul mate, lived in this same area, helped her husband with goats and cheesemaking. He died leaving her there. A game warden who wants part of the property - the part that has the 500 year old live oak tree which has many stories connected to it through the lives of the inhabitants of the area. The widow owns the property and must go out to clean up after those who come after dark to cause mischief under the tree. This same tree brings shelter and comfort to the Veteran who lives nearby. The game warden wants to turn the tree into a tourist attraction. But the widow will not allow this to happen and she and the Veteran team up for a common goal. This would be good for a book club to question and discuss motivations on the part of all the characters and to discuss the importance of this very large, very old oak to the people and to the area.

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