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Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
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Oct 24, 2011

really liked it
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Read from May 27 to June 11, 2012

It seems each member of the Owenby family had some sort of dysfunctional issue. The problems probably went back for generations, but are traced only as far as the parents of Leon, James, Martin, and Ivy.

Martin reflects on his father's heavy hand and abusive treatment. His mother was hard-working but appears intimidated by her husband. Years have passed and Leon's disappearance brings Martin home to join forces with his siblings in trying to locate him. Although the story switches from character to character, alternately in present and past scenes, it is easy to follow.

Topics include alcoholism, homosexuality, sexual abuse, suicide, martial between in-laws, and psychic abilities.

The ending is surprising, but at the same time predicable. Flashback scenes create clues that keep the reader on the edge of each page.

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