Under the Mercy Trees

Under the Mercy Trees

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"[An] eloquent, sorrowful novel....Readers of both Pat Conroy, on one hand, and Carson McCullers, on the other, will relish Newton's flawed characters and piquant portrayal of small town life." --Booklist (starred review)

"Under the Mercy Trees will take your breath away." --Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart

Heather Newton's Under the Mercy Trees tells the poignant and unforgettable story of a man forced to face his troubled past when he returns to his hometown in the mountains of North Carolina following the disappearance of his brother.

Thirty years ago, Martin Owenby came to New York City with dreams of becoming a writer. Now his existence revolves around cheap Scotch and weekend flings with equally damaged men. When he learns that his older brother, Leon, has gone missing, he must return to the Owenby farm in Solace Fork, North Carolina, to assist in the search. But that means facing a past filled with regrets, the family that never understood him, the girl whose heart he broke, and the best friend who has faithfully kept the home fires burning. As the mystery surrounding Leon's disappearance deepens, so too does the weight of decades-long unresolved differences and unspoken feelings--forcing Martin to deal with the hardest lessons about home, duty, and love.

Under the Mercy Trees adds the name Heather Newton to a sterling list of acclaimed authors in the Southern literary tradition that already includes Reynolds Price, Kaye Gibbons, Jill McCorkle, Clyde Edgerton, and Tom Franklin.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780062001344
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 06, 2014

If you love mystery novels that are in no way related to the crime, this book is perfect for you! The first hundred pages are sweet, sweet boredom and nonsense, until something FINALLY seems to make sense when Martin and his relatives begin getting packages from Leon! But wait! They still don't make sense because it is never explained why who got what they did! Also, if you love random gay encounters, this book is also perfect for you! Forget about learning about a characters past, just read about him banging a couple weird times, it's all good!

No, I did not enjoy this book.

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