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By Sonia Tilson

"Early encounters with malign grownup strength mark Gillian Davies as a model marks flesh. In Sonia Tilson's superbly designed novel, we see how in all her relationships—family, pals, paintings, love—Gillian is either important and broken, keen but limited. Tilson's enticing tale encompasses a host of memorable minor characters on either side of the Atlantic, and it culminates in a such a lot pleasant confront-the-abuser scene. an exceptional first novel."—Cynthia Flood

Gillian Davies was six years previous whilst she was once despatched to a remote Welsh village to get away the Blitz. She was once informed she used to be fortunate: all of the different evacuees  were billeted in humble cottages whereas she was to dwell in Maenordy, the remoted manor house up at the hill. but it used to be the following, during this position of meant 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 while she gets notice that her mom is dying. Though she hasn’t returned to Wales due to the fact that 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 passed off her as a baby. yet can she?

Alternating among prior and current, international struggle II Wales and Canada, The Monkey Puzzle Tree is the passionate and anxious 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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