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A Country Road, A Tree

by Jo Baker

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A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker
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  • Published in USA  May 2016
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    Genre: Historical Fiction

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From the best-selling author of Longbourn, a haunting new novel of spies and artists, passion and danger, hope in the face of despair.

Paris, 1939. The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs-Élysées. A young, unknown writer - Samuel Beckett - recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon he will put them both in mortal danger by joining the Resistance...

Through it all we are witness to the workings of a uniquely brilliant mind struggling to create a language that will express this shattered world. Here is a remarkable story of survival and determination, and a portrait of the extremes of human experience alchemized into one man's timeless art.

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"In this worthy successor to Longbourn, she skillfully captures Beckett's world, the rhythms of his bare-bones prose, and the edginess of his point of view." - Publishers Weekly

"Baker's virtuoso imagining of war's terrors and privations is not quite matched by her depiction of a unique, consistently elusive artistic identity." - Kirkus

"Baker's historical drama deftly explores the psyche of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century ... Harrowing." - Booklist

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Jo Baker Author Biography

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Jo Baker was born in Lancashire and educated in Oxford and Belfast. The Undertow is her first publication in the United States. She is the author of three previous novels published in the United Kingdom: Offcomer, The Mermaid's Child, and The Telling. She lives in Lancaster.

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