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Irene and Nate Stanley are living a quiet and contented life with their two children, Bliss and Shep, on their family farm in southern Illinois when Nate suddenly announces he's been offered a job as a deputy sheriff in Oregon. Irene fights her husband. She does not want to uproot her family and has deep misgivings about the move. Nevertheless, the family leaves, and they are just settling into their life in Oregon's high desert when the unthinkable happens. Fifteen-year-old Shep is shot and killed during an apparent robbery in their home. The murderer, a young mechanic with a history of assault, robbery, and drug-related offenses, is caught and sentenced to death.

Shep's murder sends the Stanley family into a tailspin, with each member attempting to cope with the tragedy in his or her own way. Irenes approach is to live, week after week, waiting for Daniel Robbin's execution and the justice she feels she and her family deserve. Those weeks turn into months and then years. Ultimately, faced with a growing sense that Robbin's death will not stop her pain, Irene takes the extraordinary and clandestine step of reaching out to her sons killer. The two forge an unlikely connection that remains a secret from her family and friends.

Years later, Irene receives the notice that she had craved for so long — Daniel Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month. This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family. Irene, it turns out, isn't the only one with a shocking secret to hide. As the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the past.

Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness.

Review:

"[A] beautiful and passionate novel... Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"The Crying Tree is a powerful novel full of moral questions as well as surprises. Like real life, there are no easy roads for these characters, but they make their way, one step at a time." Las Vegas Review-Journal

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"Rakha writes of one of her central subjects, 'and it wasn't anything she knew how to handle.' Not so for the author, who has crafted not only a compelling read, but one whose message lingers: At what point does that to which we cling for our survival become the very thing that robs us of our life?" Oregonian

Review:

"Beautifully written, expertly crafted, forcefully rendered. Naseem Rakha lays bare all the ambiguities and nuances of our culture in a story that is compelling and deep. The Crying Tree is a story of forgiveness and redemption, but at its core it is a love story as well, and that is the most powerful story of all." Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Review:

"This is a gripping, well-paced tale, compassionate without being mawkish." The Guardian

Synopsis:

Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness.

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About the Author

Naseem Rakha is an award-winning broadcast journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR. She lives in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

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crb2, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by crb2)
The story line was okay. However, the author really should have delved more into what is involved in DEFENDING capital cases in Oregon. As someone who has worked in capital defense for 20 years, the portrayal of how this case was handled was insulting to those dedicated professionals who work in this area. The story became a real work of fiction for me when I realized the author has not researched the true history of the current death penalty scheme in Oregon and the affect such seminole cases as Penry have had on it. While I am sure it will help assuage those who are pro-death penalty that this is the right thing to do or those who are against it about how "people can change or make things right with each other", it does nothing to really discuss what truly goes on in preparing a case such as this or the dedicated people who work tirelessly for those society wants to label "monster", lock in an 8x8 cell for decades, then kill.
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Iris, July 2, 2012 (view all comments by Iris)
In 1996, Naseem Rakha was assigned by NPR to cover the first execution in 34 years of a death row inmate in Oregon. Rakha's research in order to write a story to be aired the day of the execution was the beginning of her examination of the death penalty. Eventually, it led her to write a novel based on the Oregon execution and others. Written with the integrity of a journalist and the literary skill of a storyteller, the book delves deep into the complexities of crime, punishment, and forgiveness and provides its own healing power.
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Live to Read, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Live to Read)
Naseem Rakha's moving novel deals with classic themes: family, love, secrets, mistakes, forgiveness. As the story develops and new information is slowly revealed, you become more drawn into the drama and more immersed in the realtionship's in the family. As in most families, there are secrets and pain but also love and hope. I love this story. Do yourself a favor and read it soon!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767931748
Author:
Rakha, Naseem
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Psychological
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x .8 in .6063 lb

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Product details 368 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767931748 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] beautiful and passionate novel... Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "The Crying Tree is a powerful novel full of moral questions as well as surprises. Like real life, there are no easy roads for these characters, but they make their way, one step at a time."
"Review" by , "Rakha writes of one of her central subjects, 'and it wasn't anything she knew how to handle.' Not so for the author, who has crafted not only a compelling read, but one whose message lingers: At what point does that to which we cling for our survival become the very thing that robs us of our life?"
"Review" by , "Beautifully written, expertly crafted, forcefully rendered. Naseem Rakha lays bare all the ambiguities and nuances of our culture in a story that is compelling and deep. The Crying Tree is a story of forgiveness and redemption, but at its core it is a love story as well, and that is the most powerful story of all."
"Review" by , "This is a gripping, well-paced tale, compassionate without being mawkish."
"Synopsis" by , Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness.
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