A Country Road, A Tree

A Country Road, A Tree

by Jo Baker

Price: $26.95(Hardcover)
Published: May 17, 2016
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From the Publisher: From the best-selling author of Longbourn, a haunting new novel of spies and artists, passion and danger, hope in the face of despair
Paris, 1939. The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs-Élysées. A young, unknown writer—Samuel Beckett—recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon he will put them both in mortal danger by joining the Resistance . . .

Through it all we are witness to the workings of a uniquely brilliant mind struggling to create a language that will express this shattered world. Here is a remarkable story of survival and determination, and a portrait of the extremes of human experience alchemized into one man’s timeless art.

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“Jo Baker manages to offer a fresh perspective on World War II as well as an elegant imagining of one of art’s most enigmatic figures.” Sunday Express (Best Books of the Month)

“An exquisitely crafted novel.” O magazine

“A moving, beautifully written, and riveting historical novel.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“In this worthy successor to Longbourn, Baker skillfully captures Beckett’s world, the rhythms of his bare-bones prose, and the edginess of his point of view . . . Baker details how wartime experiences provide the key to Beckett’s transformation from Joyce disciple to distinctive literary voice.” Publishers Weekly

“Baker builds a convincing case for how Beckett’s experiences in a world shattered by war shaped the dark, spare, tragicomic voice he developed to express the despair, absurdity, and surprising fortitude that characterize human existence.” Heller McAlpin, LitHub

“Baker’s historical drama deftly explores the psyche of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Harrowing.” Booklist

“The novel perfectly captures the deprivation, the despair, and the constant, creeping fear of an occupied people.” Red magazine (This Month’s Must-Reads)

A Country Road, A Tree is a revelation, a joy . . . A stunning historical novel . . . We know the real Beckett better by consuming his fictional portrayal here, as though we are privy to a lost diary from his youth.” Stuff (New Zealand)
“The tension, the fear, the sheer grind of life under occupation and the toll that it takes are here. The story is beautifully paced, the research lightly worn.” Irish Times

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About The Author
Jo Baker
JO BAKER was born in Lancashire and educated at Oxford University and Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of Longbourn, a national best seller and New York Times Notable Book. Her previous novels are The Undertow, The Telling, The Mermaid’s Child and Offcomer. She lives in Lancaster, England.
Release Info
  • $26.95 (Hardcover)
  • May 17, 2016
  • Knopf
  • 304
  • 1101947187
  • 9781101947180