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    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family Irene, it turns out, isn’t the only one with a shocking secret to hide As the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the pastDramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 353 pages
  • The Crying Tree
  • Naseem Rakha
  • English
  • 19 April 2019
  • 9780767931403

10 thoughts on “The Crying Tree

  1. Nicole Nicole says:

    A novel about a mother's journey from hatred to forgiveness of her son's murderer is a good idea. However, if that novel is weighed down by stereotypes and one-note characters, it becomes really hard to get through. For example, Rakha paints all her conservative characters as uneducated bigots. In case the reader cannot figure that out on her own, the author makes sure any character that likes President Bush or is for the war uses broken English and calls his or her parents ma and pa. On the other hand, as soon as one character gets out of her small town (with it's small-mindedness), she becomes a vegetarian and dates a Jewish law student from Manhattan. This is supposed to show her freedom from those redneck hypocrites back home. Every character is treated this way, from the only-in-novels mechanic who probably can't spell his own name, but will thank-ya-kindly fix yer truck in a snowstorm for free to the motel manager who talks about her son in Ee-rak who is really talking to the mother about her dilemma and guides her to the truth. (You can see that any day of the week on Grey's Anatomy. Those patients only serve to show the main characters how to solve their own problems.) In this book, police officers and prison guards are power-hungry and rigid and criminals are unfairly treated and misunderstood. Of course, this is a book about a man's execution, so you can imagine how heavy-handed the author is there. Again, only in novels is the murderer at peace and, on his deathbed, shares pearls of wisdom to everyone around him. And don't get me started on the romance thrown in at the end. There's just no way that would have happened. There is a homosexual sub-plot where no one is the least bit bothered by the fact that an older man is committing statutory rape. (There is also a sub-plot where an adult man remembers being raped by his own brother.) This is not the novel I thought it would be. Don't waste your time on this book.

  2. Marie Marie says:

    Any book that I stay up reading until 2 a.m. deserves five stars. I hadn't done that since Harry Potter 7 came out...and I had jet lag then because we were in Hawaii.

    I heard Rakha being interviewed on NPR and knew I had to read her book. A broadcast journalist for All Things Considered and an Oregonian, she covered the first execution in Oregon for 30 years, and the seed of this book was planted.

    I'm fascinated by the themes of deep forgiveness and grace, perhaps because I wonder whether I would have the capacity to do such a thing myself if one of my loved ones were brutally hurt or worse yet, murdered.

    Irene Stanley is an old-fashioned wife in rural Indiana when her sheriff's deputy husband comes home one day and announces that they are moving to eastern Oregon. No discussion, no argument, she is advised by her pastor to accept her husband's decision, even though she feels in her soul that is a very bad move.

    A year after the family has settled into Blaine, Oregon, her son, Shep, is found brutally murdered. Each family member--mother, father, and sister--react to his death in different ways. Irene becomes an alcoholic and severely depressed. Bliss, only 12 when her brother was killed, grows up feeling completely neglected by her parents.

    The killer is prosecuted and put on death row. Years after Shep's death, Irene finally begins to come out of her cocoon and feels compelled to write to Daniel, her son's killer. And gradually, she finds a way to forgive him. Rakha's characters find that just like hate, forgiveness fills you up. And forgiveness is like pain and grace all tied up in one.

    As Irene's life and world view changes, the secrets begin to leak out.
    The book's format is to alternate chapters between the 1980s (when the murder occurred) and 2004, and to alternate perspectives among the family members (mostly Irene), Daniel (on death row), and a deeply damaged but compassionate-at-heart Oregon prison superintendent, Tab Mason. (Usually these shifting times and character viewpoints bother me, but it didn't in this book.) Other reviewers have criticized the book for including one-dimensional characters, but we all know for a fact that there are people like Irene's sister, pastor, or husband out in the world among us. People can have very simple, even hateful views of anything that conflicts with their way of thinking and being.

    A few people commented that they would have liked the book to be longer, so they could have learned more about Irene's relationship with her son, or what was going on in Nate's mind. But I believe that Rakha kept that deliberately fuzzy for the purposes of the story.

    I saw a few of the plot elements coming, but Rakha might have wanted this. It didn't matter anyway. I loved this story of pain and grace, and I especially enjoyed reading this fictional story of forgiveness after reading the memoir Picking Cotton earlier this year...a story of a woman who was raped and forgave her rapist, only to discover that he wasn't really her rapist after all and she had accused the wrong man. Not only did she forgive him, but he forgave her and they actually became friends. Do you have such a capacity to forgive in you?

  3. Susan Susan says:

    This book was written by a journalist after she covered the first execution in Oregon in 30 years. It was the result of her interviews with death-row inmates, their victims and those hired to carry out their sentences. The theme of the book is forgiveness, which is no small thing for any author, or any human being for that matter, to tackle. The story is well written and thought out. The character development is excellent, and there is a sub-story that weaves smoothly into the thread of the main story to the end. I recommend this book to everyone, as it's even bigger than the topic of the death penalty. This thought-provoking book is a page-turner, you'll get through it fast. I read it in less than 48 hours, during a time when I had many other things going on.

  4. Lydia Presley Lydia Presley says:

    You ever done that? Forgiven someone even thought they don't deserve it?

    No, Mason said. No, I've never done that.

    Well, I got to say, it fills you. Whether you want it to or not, that kind of thing, it just fills you. It's like pain and grace all tied up in one.

    That's what this book was to me, pain and grace all tied up in one. Putting aside all of the political aspects it touched on (the war in Iraq, homosexuality, the death penalty) it pretty much transcended above these things and spoke, most importantly, of the difficulty it is to forgive, the pain, and the relief at the same time, the grace.

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I was immediately drawn in by the story, and the pace was set well - alternating between bits of what happened throughout the years and the present day when Robbins was set to be executed. I could understand the need to release the hate, mostly because I understand what it is like to feel as if that's all that defines you after a while. And I can understand the fear that comes from releasing that hate.

    The author captured the emotions well. She described well the fracturing of a family, the secrets, the denials and the forgiveness. A story well worth reading - and one I'll be sure to be thinking on I'm sure in the coming days.

  5. Kerry Kerry says:

    Brilliant book. I cried, I questioned my parenting, my beliefs, my feelings, my integrity - everything I thought I knew about capital punishment, parenting, America was turned on its head.

    It took me a few chapters to get in to the book and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it but after the first 100 pages I was gripped. Some bits are predictable, some bit you think are predictable really aren't what you think. Lots of thinks left unanswered but they don't need an answer!

    I had to keep reminding myself this books based in the 80s, 90s and 00s not actually in the 40s!! Brilliant book, thoroughly recommended.

  6. Erin Caldwell Erin Caldwell says:

    I absolutely loved this book. I didn't predict the plot correctly - always a plus - and there was so much to think about. I liked the characters and the writing was phenomenal; you could feel the various emotions each character endured and empathize with everyone's position. The Crying Tree reminded me of the Green Mile, but expanded further on the topic of capital punishment, as well as addressing homosexuality, abuse, prejudice... excellent read!

  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Obnoxious. I guess I liked the overall concept of this book, but I thought the dialog and characters were terrible, stereotyped and just not believable. The other thing that really bothered me was how the author's main objective seemed to be to hit you over the head with her world view, in particular:

    - Christians are hypocritical and ignorant
    - Conservatives are stupid and evil

    It didn't surprise me that this author works for NPR. I also thought it was strange how often the characters wiped their mouth with the back of their hand or their shirt. What a weird thing to write, especially when she barely ever mentioned any other body language.

    This topic and story could have been done so much better.

  8. Kevin Ansbro Kevin Ansbro says:

    A valiant effort, but didn't engage me.
    And the dialogue... oh, dear... not plausible.
    I can see how some people would love this story, it just wasn't for me.

  9. Robin Robin says:

    Even though I have alredy sent this, I am updating for my Best of 2009 list:

    Unbeknownst to her family, Irene starts corresponding with her son’s murderer waiting on death row and is devastated when notified of an execution date even though the rest of the family is ecstatic. This is an amazing first novel by a Silverton, Oregon author and perfect for book groups.

    More from previous review:
    After a move from Illinois to central Oregon, Irene and Nate’s teen son, Shep, is killed by what appears to be a random burglar. Devastated by the loss, they feel some redemption when the killer is found and housed on Oregon State Penitentiary’s death row. Years later they have returned to Illinois, but unbeknownst to her family, Irene begins corresponding with Shep’s killer and they become friends. Then the news arrives that he has finally received an execution date...

    This was an amazing book and will definitely be on my list of the best books of 2009. Even though this read at a breakneck pace, I never felt that any content was sacrificed for character development and the resolution of the many conflicts. Definitely one for book groups as this novel has it all: love, forgiveness, family bonds, redemption, and the highly discussable subject of capital punishment. The author is from Silverton, Oregon, and the Salem settings are very well done and accurate (I hate skewed geography!).

  10. Barbara H Barbara H says:

    Naseem Rakha has written a sad, wrenching tale of a family's reaction to and subsequent dealing with the murder of their sixteen year old son and brother. She has skillfully delved into the emotional impact for each of them. Many surprising events evolve through the subsequent years in the telling of this story.

    Although I enjoyed this book and was eager to discover how the story concluded, I thought that occasionally the plot could have moved along more smoothly.

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The Crying Tree[Reading] ➾ The Crying Tree Author Naseem Rakha – Irene and Nate Stanley are living a quiet and contented life with their two children, Bliss and Shep, on their family farm in southern Illinois when Nate suddenly announces he’s been offered a job a Irene and Nate Stanley are living a quiet and contented life with their two children, Bliss and Shep, on their family farm in southern Illinois when Nate suddenly announces he’s been offered a job as a deputy sheriff in Oregon Irene fights her husband She does not want to uproot her family and has deep misgivings about the move Nevertheless, the family leaves, and they are just settling into their life in Oregon’s high desert when the unthinkable The Crying PDF or happens Fifteenyearold Shep is shot and killed during an apparent robbery in their home The murderer, a young mechanic with a history of assault, robbery, and drugrelated offenses, is caught and sentenced to death Shep’s murder sends the Stanley family into a tailspin, with each member attempting to cope with the tragedy in his or her own way Irene’s approach is to live, week after week, waiting for Daniel Robbin’s execution and the justice she feels she and her family deserve Those weeks turn into months and then years Ultimately, faced with a growing sense that Robbin’s death will not stop her pain, Irene takes the extraordinary and clandestine step of reaching out to her son’s killer The two forge an unlikely connection that remains a secret from her family and friends Years later, Irene receives the notice that she had craved for so long—Daniel Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family Irene, it turns out, isn’t the only one with a shocking secret to hide As the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the pastDramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness.

About the Author: Naseem Rakha

Naseem is an award winning author and journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition Her best selling novel The Crying Tree is a winner of the PNBA Book Award and recent Richard and Judy Book Club pickNaseem is interested in stories that have spur discussion and interest in critical social issues Naseem is represented by Markson Thoma Literary A.