The Juniper Tree
ISBN10: 1681371316 ISBN13: 9781681371313 Contributors: Stein, Sadie (Introduction) Publisher: New York Review of Books Published: Jan 23 2018 Pages: 177 Weight: 0.44lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Bella Winter is homeless and jobless. The mother of a toddler by a man whose name she didn’t quite catch, her once pretty face is now marred by a scar from a car accident. She’s recently disentangled herself from a selfish and indifferent boyfriend and a cruel and indifferent mother. But she shares a quality common to Barbara Comyns’s heroines: a bracingly unsentimental ability to carry on. It’s not long before Bella has found not only a job but a vocation; not only a place to live but a home and a makeshift family. As Comyns’s novel progresses, the story echoes and inverts the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale The Juniper Tree. Will Bella’s hard-won restoration to life and love come at the cost of others’ happiness?