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The Lion Trees
The Lion Trees: Part One: Unraveling | Owen Thomas
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What happens when you get the life you aim for and it hurts like hell? The Johns family is unraveling. Hollis, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague's daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amid salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer. By turns comical and poignant, the Johns family is tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are. [A] cerebral page turner...a powerful and promising debut.-Kirkus Reviews [Five Stars]...[A] powerful, gripping and realistic story...The Lion Trees does what so very few great novels can: it will take a lot out of you, but leave you with much more than you had when you began -Pacific Book Reviews, a five star review.
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The irony is that the character saying this was an author whose book was being made into a #movie. #quotsyjune19 @TK-421

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This #loop seemed Groundhog Day appropriate. #quotsyfeb19 @TK-421

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Hollis‘ attempts at being Zen were sometimes more successful that at others. #embrace #quotsyjune18 @TK-421

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Looking back over my comments about this very long book, I see how skillfully Thomas drew the characters‘ evolution. Hollis is a self-obsessed jerk for most of the 1600+ pages, and yet his redemption is believable and in the end you actually like him. David and Tully have similar transformations. Susan‘s growth is both the most predictable and the least well done, but her arc is still interesting, even if mostly for the other‘s reactions to her.

Lcsmcat I couldn‘t review without some spoilers, but read this book! 5y
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I‘m still reading this chunkster with #multiplenarrators. #readingresolutions @Jess7

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How I feel almost every time we eat out these days!

DivineDiana Isn‘t that the truth? My husband did not want to see the score of a game that he had recorded, and we had a tough time figuring out where to go for dinner! 5y
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Dinner and a book - mussels in garlic sauce, asparagus with kale and red peppers, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the tagged book. 😀

wanderinglynn Looks yummy! 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Perfection!! 😋 5y
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I‘m only 29% in on this chunkster, and the characters are growing on me, although I don‘t really like most of them. The David chapters are funny, if depressing, and I‘m liking Tilly more and more. But Susan exasperates me and Hollis infuriates me. Such a self-righteous “glass-bowl!” I didn‘t realize when I started it that it would be 1600 pages in print! One of the dangers of e-readers, I guess. 😀

CouronneDhiver Good gracious - that IS a chunkster! 5y
Lcsmcat @CouronneDhiver And I picked it up to be a light read between classics! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5y
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So my audiobook right now is Frankenstein and the quoted book, the eBook I‘m currently reading, has an author go on a rant about how movie adaptations replace the book in people‘s minds. This is a thought I have had repeatedly when reading classics that I was first exposed to through film. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Count of Monte Cristo, War of the Worlds, etc. “A new reality has been implanted.” #booksyncronicity #rantover

readinginthedark Yeah, I once had a twenty minute debate with a guy in one of my lit classes about the literary value of Jane Austen and, specifically, Pride and Prejudice. Because that‘s how long it took him to quote something at me that he deemed “unrealistic.” It was a quote from the 2005 movie, and he‘d never even read the book! At least he conceded at that point that he couldn‘t really judge without reading the book. Ridiculous! 5y
CSeydel @readinginthedark Oh heck no! What a twit! 5y
readinginthedark Ugh, yes! And in a Lit class! I was somewhat disillusioned. 5y
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There are some amusing quotes in this book. “He must cut his world to the proper length or terrible things will happen.”

readinginthedark Oh yes—when my husband uses his circular saw, that thing is loud! 5y
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Started this one over lunch. So far I‘m liking it.

Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻❤️ 5y
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