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The Widow Tree

The Widow Tree

November 2013

“In The Widow Tree, Lundrigan tackles the terrain of 1950s Yugoslavia with such a graceful confidence and intimate knowledge of her subject, you will be transported. Deftly threading its metaphors like a suture on the body politic of this former nation, this is one of the most surprising and important works of literary fiction this year."

The Coast, Nov 20, 2013
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The Widow Tree

The Widow Tree

November 2013

“a complex, taut mystery…As the novel continues to push forward however, it becomes clear that what she’s really interested in exploring is the damaged, fractured lives of the Bregalnica villagers that are most affected by this turn of events, and the way in which every decision that we as human beings make, no matter how seemingly inconsequential at the time, can have major, unforeseeable consequences far into the future. It’s a path she expertly navigated in her stunning novel The Seary Line, and she once again executes the idea to perfection here, peeling back the layers to slowly reveal to the reader the complete picture of a tragic, unavoidable history fraught with heartbreak, loss, grief, and guilt. Where Lundrigan succeeds, where she’s always succeeded in fact, is in her ability to craft rich, absorbing, affecting characters so vivid that they appear to live and breathe in a time and space all of their own… Harrowing, yet also life affirming…”

Typographical Era, Nov 14, 2013
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