Juniper book review

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Bella Winter has hit a low. Homeless and jobless, she is the mom of a toddler by a male whose name she didn’t fairly capture, and her when pretty challenge is disfigured by the scar she gained in a vehicle accident. Friendmuch less and without family members, she’s freshly disentangled herself from a selfish and also invarious boyfriend and a cruel and invarious mother. But she shares a quality prevalent to Barbara Comyns’s various other heroines: a bracingly unsentipsychological capacity to bring on. Before too lengthy, Bella has uncovered not just a project yet a vocation; not just a location to live yet a house and a makeshift family members. As Comyns’s novel progresses, the story echoes and also inverts the Brothers Grimm’s macabre tale The Juniper Tree. Will Bella’s hard-won restoration to life and love come at the expense of the happiness of others?

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Praise

A treasure from the 1980s... picks up the Grimm notion that an excess of maternal happiness have the right to prove fatal...Comyns"s prose is vivid and charmingly hurried... The Grimm story is about evil, revenge, and justice—an eye for an eye—but The Juniper Tree is about accidents, damage, and also repair.—Christine Smallwood, Harper"s

The novel...achieves a life of its very own, and also enables Bella to emerge at last from her orattend to a feminist, abundant, happy, fairy-tale ending.

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Hypnotic and also enthralling in the process.—Kirkus Reviews

Comyns’s human being is weird and also wonderful...there’s likewise somepoint uniquely original about her voice. Tragic, comic and also entirely bonkers all in one, I’d go as far as to call her something of a neglected genius.—Lucy Scholes, The ObserverThe Juniper Tree, which showed up in 1985, is one of Comyns’s many effective, confident and curious productions. It has actually the clear pure narrative high quality of a fable, yet additionally shows a mankind and maturity.—Margaret Drabble

The Juniper Tree is a fairy tale that haunts me because also at the finish the evil in it is never before wholly undone. Through her reimagining of the wicked stepmommy number, Comyns speculates convincingly regarding how damages escalates despite all aware attempts to limit itself.—Helen Oyeyemi

Comyns approaches the civilization as if whatever is worthy of clear-eyed attention. In this novel in certain, she is better than any other writer I know at striking an impossible balance in between accuracy, wonder, and disgust.—Brian Evenson, The RumpusComyn’s voice has childchoose qualities; she looks at whatever in the human being as though seeing it for the initially time. In later publications, though, her narrators’ naivety is deployed in order to provoke horror; the gap between what the reader knows and also the narrator doesn’t serves to make the reader fascinated and also fearful.—Emily Gould, The Awl

Here is a beauticompletely organized, well-created book that reads almost conversationally.... Delicate, tough, quick moving, it’s a haunting book...an amazing success.—Financial Times

Comyns’s heroines, and her novels, are plaintive, stselection, and also robust in its entirety.... As an exercise in rebuilding, using the old ingredients yet producing a fable for a different age, The Juniper Tree might hardly have actually been more satisfactorily accomplished.—The Times Literary Supplement

I don’t think tbelow is any various other novelist I’ve come across who writes so subtly the disturbing and the domestic.—Stuck in a Publication (blog)