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Tess Evans ¿ 0 Free download Download Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Tess Evans Review The Memory Tree When Paulina dies mid dance she leaves 12 year old Zav and 7 year old Sealie with their loving but unstable father Hal The grieving family decides to plant a tree in her memory a magnolia which growing along with the children offers a special place where secrets are whispered and feelings can be confessedBut as the memory tree grows Hal bereft and increasingly suspicious of the world turns to his own brand of salvation to make sense of the vo. The Memory Tree by Tess EvansWhen Hal s adored wife Paulina dies suddenly whilst dancing with her seven year old daughter Selina Sealie in the kitchen of their home it is than he can comprehend or bearPaulina is an exceptionally good and highly regarded ballerina with a great career ahead of her and she is the love of Hal s lifeNow Hal s adored wife and Sealie and her 12 year old brother Zav s mother is suddenly and inexplicably gone from their livesone minute laughing and dancing in the kitchen next minute dead on the kitchen floorwith no apparent signs of death or life about herWhen Sealie realizes this is not part of the game she starts screaming The housekeeper MrsMac finds them first then ZavAs MrsMac takes control and makes all the calls Sealie finds her brother Zav locked in his special hiding place under the stairs and she joins him thereAbsolutely bereft and inconsolable Hal takes to his bed and refuses all attempts to be roused from his grief and as he sinks deeper and deeper into his state of oblivion MrsMac is left in sole charge of caring for his children and keeping a grip on the tenuous strings that connect them allThe day comes when Mrs Mac puts her foot down and uses threats to rouse Hal from his torpor succeeding in getting his attention long enough to make him think about his children and what they can doHe finally dresses and comes down to join them for breakfast where he tells his children that they will go out and buy a Magnolia tree to plant in the garden as a memorial to their mother The tree will grow with them and as they watch it grow they will be able to visit their mother there at any timeThe days pass slowly and although their grief eases small cracks begin to appear in the foundations of this little familyHal s behavior starts to become erratic as he gropes forwhathe doesn t know After insulting his priest and forsaking his religion Hal is looking for some sort of balance to fill the huge void that his lost love has left and as he wanders aimlessly his mind starts to wander alsoThe only times he feels anything is when he can hear things clearly and then he is grateful for those guiding voices in his headIn his search for that something Hal makes some rash decisions and judgements which upset and destabilize his family even He causes radical changes to their living conditions after he finds a ray of hope in a stranger Pastor Moses B Washbourne founder of the Church of the Divine Conflagration whom on the spur of the moment Hal invites to come live at his houseHis family s concern for his apparent declining mental stability is ever increasingThe story follows Hal s slow descent into a sort of madness which is seemingly not bad enough to cause too much alarm for his friends and family because he always comes out of it yet is bad enough to occasionally raise doubtsYears go by and Hal s mood swings become an accepted part of his changing personality not altogether preferable among his family and friends but still they decide not cause for too much concernThen one day seemingly out of nowhere and without rhyme reason or warning something unthinkable happens that will rock the foundations of this small family once againBut how will they ever survive this How could they ever recover from thisMy goodness what a journey I had no idea that this book would take me on such a journey as this It is the journey of a lifetime or the lifetime s of the people in this story spanning some 40 odd yearsWe watch as they grow and suffer and grow and decline and suffer some as they continue to grow individually and collectivelyWith several strong key personalities involved the dynamics within this family household are a constant source of tense curiosity for the reader as we watch or await their individual reactions to the unfolding eventsTess Evans has an amazing acuity for describing the conditions surrounding the emotions at play at any given circumstance or shocking event making this a hard to put down bookI must admit to being deceived by its cover as it does not except for its reference to a magnolia imply any of the drama and anguish withinThis is not a criticism just an observation as I was not expecting it to go uite so deepTess Evans insight into the wiles and thought processes of this man s slow decline into a kind of madness is uite amazingBy no means a light read it does give the reader a lot of insight into mental illness and how deceiving to all concerned can be the decline of the human mindIt will have you uestioning your own capacity for all things such as faith patience love friendship resilience and not the least of all for Forgiveness and GraceThis is the second book by this author and my second read of her work I already have a copy of her third book Mercy Street here waiting to be read soonMany thanks to the author Tess Evans for gifting me a signed copy of this thought provoking book4 suotes I likedShe died to Les Sylphides Her last dance was the Pas de Deux Waltz What was worse he wondered to follow the wrong religion or to have no religion at allWe are believers in search of a homeIfis such a little word but it punches way above its weight

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Tess Evans ¿ 0 Free download Download Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Tess Evans Review The Memory Tree Ices that bewilder and torment him Mrs Mac housekeeper and second mother since Paulina's death cooks cleans loves and worries about her 'family' She is even concerned when Hal brings a larger than life stranger to the house for a beer; but Pastor Moses B Washbourne founder of the Church of the Divine Conflagration ex sergeant of the US Army soon becomes part of the family with surprising and far reaching conseuencesAs the seasons pass Sealie. The Memory Tree is the story of a family shattered by the unexpected death of wife and mother Paulina Spanning a period of almost 40 years the novel reveals a family fractured by grief devastated by tragedy and longing for freedom from the losses that torment them Tess Evans explores the everyday and life changing moments that bind the Rodriguez family in joy and sorrow with compassion and tendernessThe narrative moves between the past and present revealing the changes wrought to the family in the aftermath of Paulina s sudden passing Hal is broken by the loss of his wife and while he rallies briefly with the help of housekeeper Mrs Mac and lay preacher Godown Moses he slowly slips into a cyclical fugue of depression and mania Zav Xavier and Sealie Selina witness their mothers death but it is the aftermath that changes who they are Hal pulls away from Zav in a misguided attempt to raise a man seeding bitterness and resentment Sealie s good nature protects her from her father s developing eccentricities but traps her in the role as first her father s and then her brother s carer The Memory Tree has an uniue narrator whose identity is not confirmed until late in the novel I thought this added a particular poignancy to the story and provided an unusual twist The third person point of view allows the reader to explore events from multiple perspectives providing insight into Hal s distorted thinking Sealie s self sacrificing anxiety and Zav s simmering anger Evan s protagonists are complex characters shaped by both nature and nurture They provoke both sympathy and frustration but are intriguing precisely because they are so contradictoryThe story of the past is obviously building to a pivotal event that explains the issues the family is facing in the present It is difficult to say much that that without spoiling the plot The tension simmers uietly throughout the novel so you know something is coming but at times the story seems to meander aimlessly until it is pulled sharply together at its denouement Wonderfully written there is much to admire about this literary family drama The Memory Tree is an insightful novel that examines the strength and fragility of familial relationships the devastation of mental illness and the grace of forgiveness

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Tess Evans ¿ 0 Free download Download Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Tess Evans Review The Memory Tree Blossoms into young woman the apple of Hal's eye while Zav having spent his childhood uietly trying to win his father's lost attention is conscripted for duty in VietnamAnd all the while the voices continue to murmur poisonous words to Hal who knows he must keep them hidden until he is persuaded into the most tragic of actsWritten with humour and compassion The Memory Tree is a poignant and compelling story of love loyalty grief and forgivene. I totally loved Tess Evan s debut novel so this one had a great deal to live up to I didn t fall in love with this one as I did the first but still found it a really enjoyable read An interesting narrator is used and the effects of war and grief upon a family are tenderly examined Definitely worth a read when this one is released

  • Paperback
  • 384
  • The Memory Tree
  • Tess Evans
  • English
  • 17 September 2018
  • 9781742377896