The Lightning Tree by Emily Woof

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Failed mothering forms an insistent theme...In precise, lyrical prose, Woof creates empathy for her characters’ struggles and desires.
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United Kingdom circa the 1980s—Ursula and Jerry find themselves surrounded by hip hairdos and dominating parents. The future looks bleak if they do not change their lives dramatically. Both are itching to escape their current lives and engage with the wider world.
 
Ursula’s work as a teacher takes her far away to India to instruct disabled children, while Jerry accepts a scholarship to Magdalen College—but only to “highlight the absurdity of privilege.”
 
Their written exchanges are deep, political, and full of irony. All the while, Jerry stays committed to Ursula in mind but not in body, questioning their relationship and the nature of their love.
 

About Emily Woof

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Emily Woof has acted in such films as The Full Monty, Velvet Goldmine, and Wondrous Oblivion. She studied at Oxford University and lives with her husband and two children in London, England.
 
Published July 5, 2016 by Europa Editions. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 03 2016

Failed mothering forms an insistent theme...In precise, lyrical prose, Woof creates empathy for her characters’ struggles and desires.

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