The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree


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ISBN-13: 9781681371313
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 202,110
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Barbara Comyns (1909–1992) was born in Bidfordon-Avon, in the English county of Warwickshire, one of six children of an increasingly unsuccessful Birmingham brewer. Living on the run-down but romantic family estate and receiving her education from governesses, she began to write and illustrate stories at the age of ten. After her father’s death, she attended art school in London and married a painter, with whom she had two children she supported by trading antiques and classic cars, modeling, breeding poodles, and renovating apartments. A second marriage, to Richard Comyns Carr, who worked in the Foreign Office, took place during World War II. Comyns wrote her first book, Sisters by a River (1947), a series of sketches based on her childhood, while living in the country to escape the Blitz, which is also when she made an initial sketch for The Vet’s Daughter (1959). This, however, she put aside to complete Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950) and Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (1954). The Vet’s Daughter was published in 1959. Among Comyns’s other books are the novels The Skin Chairs (1962) and The Juniper Tree (1985), and Out of the Red into the Blue (1960), a work of nonfiction about Spain, where she lived for eighteen years.

Sadie Stein is a writer and critic living in New York. She is a contributing editor to The Paris Review.

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DameMuriel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Juniper Tree is about a woman with a scar on her face and an illegitimate child. She works in a small antique store and befriends a well-to-do couple. The couple takes a special interest in the woman and her child. Things turn sinister later on and birds and trees do very strange things...this book is kind of a fairy tale. Comyns is one of the great writers of magical realism but no one ever really discusses her in relation to this form. Or at all.