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By Sonia Tilson

"Early encounters with malign grownup energy mark Gillian Davies as a model marks flesh. In Sonia Tilson's fantastically designed novel, we see how in all her relationships—family, acquaintances, paintings, love—Gillian is either very important and broken, keen but restricted. Tilson's enticing tale contains a host of memorable minor characters on each side of the Atlantic, and it culminates in a such a lot gratifying confront-the-abuser scene. a good first novel."—Cynthia Flood

Gillian Davies was six years outdated whilst she used to be despatched to a remote Welsh village to get away the Blitz. She was once instructed she used to be fortunate: the entire different evacuees  were billeted in humble cottages whereas she was to stay in Maenordy, the remoted manor house up at the hill. but it used to be the following, during this position of intended convenience and safety, that she suffered sexual abuse, the disgrace of which would alienate her from her mother and hang-out her for the remainder of her life.

Decades later, Gillian resides in Canada and with a son and a granddaughter of her personal whilst she gets observe that her mom is dying. Though she hasn’t returned to Wales considering she left it as a tender woman, she now rushes back impulsively, made up our minds to bare in the end to her mom what occurred her as a baby. yet can she?

Alternating among prior and current, international conflict II Wales and Canada, The Monkey Puzzle Tree is the passionate and annoying account of Gillian’s fight to simply accept her childhood trauma, forgive her mom, and confront her abuser—who turns out, she discovers, to be as harmful as ever.

"The Monkey Puzzle Tree is an emotional mystery.  It is demanding, clever and compulsively readable."—Mary Borsky

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