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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (88 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonny Brewer Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Based on a true story, The Widow and the Tree features a five-hundred-year-old Ghosthead Oak, whose stately presence has borne witness to the rise and fall of generations, to the hopes and dreams of untold lives, and to the births and deaths of innumerable residents along coastal Alabama. Some say the fabled giant tree was once a knee-high seedling brushed by the black boot of Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez. In silence and with dignity, the Ghosthead has served as sentinel to the widow’s family land for countless generations. So why would the widow walk into a biker bar and hire a man to fire up his chainsaw and inflict fatal gashes around its trunk, ending in a few minutes what took five centuries to create?

The Widow and the Tree is a tale of dark deeds committed with mercy in mind, provoking the reader to ask: Would I have done the same thing?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark tale of moral choices in a uniquely conjured location.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Karen Giauque | 11/14/2013

    " I got this as an audio book from Net Library knowing nothing about it. There's just not a huge choice there. It wasn't terrible, just not that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Renie | 9/15/2013

    " This book is a beautifully written, poignant tale. I enjoyed the rich language and imagery presented as the tale unfolds. It's reminiscent and equally as tragic as The Giving Tree... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane | 9/3/2013

    " Short read but deep and meaningful. Set in northern Florida backwoods, country. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Claudia | 8/26/2013

    " tried to read it twice and couldn't get into it. "

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About the Author

Sonny Brewer is the author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park and A Sound Like Thunder. He started Over the Transom Bookshop in Fairhope, Alabama and is board chairman of the nonprofit Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts. He is the former editor in chief of Mobile Bay Monthly; he also published and edited Eastern Shore Quarterly magazine, edited Red Bluff Review, and was founding associate editor of the weekly West Alabama Gazette.