Tree Surgery for Beginners: A Novel by Patrick Gale

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'“An elegant romance that manages to be both playful and wise. In prose of sparkling precision, Gale serves up misadventures—satirical, farcical and tragic. With its subtle interplay of dark and light elements, Tree Surgery for Beginners is infused with a smiling, Mozartean sensibility, reminding us that we can “go so awry, break so utterly apart and still find the strength to continue.” —The New York Times   “A modern-day myth of self-discovery, involving transsexual cabaret singers, tigers and long-lost twins. Family is redemptive and romance is not dead in this engaging story.” —The Guardian   “Gale’s heady winter brew blows up a storm of sea-changes. . . . A very funny often sad, erudite, eclectic novel writ with style. Terrific.” —Time Out London   “The real horror in this thriller lies in the ways mistakes in love continue to unravel lives down through generations. Don’t be deceived by the title: this is one scary book.” —Los Angeles Times   “A readable, entertaining and . . . moving yarn.” —The Times (London)   “Gale’s energetic novel is a carnival of events in which credible characters find themselves in incredible situations.” —The Daily Telegraph   “One of [Gale’s] best: a fluently constructed narrative underpinned by excellent characterization. Running through it all is the theme of redemption; and the hero’s journey from despair to hope makes a stirring odyssey for the reader.” —The Sunday Telegraph   “With his interest in manners and class, his delicate observations of the intimacies of loving and dying and especially in his invention of a town called Barrowcester, Gale and Joanna Trollope map a similar terrain. Artifice abounds, so does wit, and mystery along with some nice grisly moments. Gale, though, is capable of some piercingly tender moments as all the characters come to some self-knowledge and redemption.” —The Sydney Morning Herald   “In this very fine novel Patrick Gale proves, yet again, that he is both an exceptionally acute observer of human nature and a storyteller of the first order.” —Barbara Gowdy   “Gale is at his most insightful in his descriptions of character, both of individuals and of the Frost family as a whole. Tree Surgery for Beginners is a comic thriller in which ‘family tree’ takes on new meanings.” —The Observer   “Witty, funny, poignant, and utterly absorbing.” —Patricia Duncker   “Readers will . . . delight in watching the author weave his people and plot strands together. . . .  [An] irreverent, bawdy vision of possibility and acceptance.” —Kerry Fried, Amazon.com   “Gale fashions a patient, worthy transformation as Lawrence develops from a boy who does not understand his whole self to a man whose work as a tree surgeon is a metaphor for the growth of his soul and his family.” —Publishers Weekly'
'“An elegant romance that manages to be both playful and wise. In prose of sparkling precision, Gale serves up misadventures—satirical, farcical and tragic. With its subtle interplay of dark and light elements, Tree Surgery for Beginners is infused with a smiling, Mozartean sensibility, reminding us that we can “go so awry, break so utterly apart and still find the strength to continue.” —The New York Times   “A modern-day myth of self-discovery, involving transsexual cabaret singers, tigers and long-lost twins. Family is redemptive and romance is not dead in this engaging story.” —The Guardian   “Gale’s heady winter brew blows up a storm of sea-changes. . . . A very funny often sad, erudite, eclectic novel writ with style. Terrific.” —Time Out London   “The real horror in this thriller lies in the ways mistakes in love continue to unravel lives down through generations. Don’t be deceived by the title: this is one scary book.” —Los Angeles Times   “A readable, entertaining and . . . moving yarn.” —The Times (London)   “Gale’s energetic novel is a carnival of events in which credible characters find themselves in incredible situations.” —The Daily Telegraph   “One of [Gale’s] best: a fluently constructed narrative underpinned by excellent characterization. Running through it all is the theme of redemption; and the hero’s journey from despair to hope makes a stirring odyssey for the reader.” —The Sunday Telegraph   “With his interest in manners and class, his delicate observations of the intimacies of loving and dying and especially in his invention of a town called Barrowcester, Gale and Joanna Trollope map a similar terrain. Artifice abounds, so does wit, and mystery along with some nice grisly moments. Gale, though, is capable of some piercingly tender moments as all the characters come to some self-knowledge and redemption.” —The Sydney Morning Herald   “In this very fine novel Patrick Gale proves, yet again, that he is both an exceptionally acute observer of human nature and a storyteller of the first order.” —Barbara Gowdy   “Gale is at his most insightful in his descriptions of character, both of individuals and of the Frost family as a whole. Tree Surgery for Beginners is a comic thriller in which ‘family tree’ takes on new meanings.” —The Observer   “Witty, funny, poignant, and utterly absorbing.” —Patricia Duncker   “Readers will . . . delight in watching the author weave his people and plot strands together. . . .  [An] irreverent, bawdy vision of possibility and acceptance.” —Kerry Fried, Amazon.com   “Gale fashions a patient, worthy transformation as Lawrence develops from a boy who does not understand his whole self to a man whose work as a tree surgeon is a metaphor for the growth of his soul and his family.” —Publishers Weekly'
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781504037631 Pages: 275