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Book Title: The Lion Trees, Part 2: Awakening|
The author of the book: Owen Thomas
ISBN 13: 9780692248379
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.99 MB
Edition: OTF Literary
Date of issue: August 2014
Read full description of the books The Lion Trees, Part 2: Awakening:"THE LION TREES" -- WINNER OF THE 2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARD
What if survival required you to unlearn who you are? How far would you fall to save yourself? Sometimes happiness is a long way down.
The Johns family is unraveling. Hollis, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague’s daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amid salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer.
By turns comical and poignant, the Johns family is tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are.
Recognized with awards at 14 international book festivals, including winner of the Global eBook Award, winner of the Eric Hoffer Book Award, The First Horizon Award, The Beverly Hills International Book Festival, The London Book Festival, The Great Southeast Book Festival, The Southern California Book Festival, the Great Midwestern Book Festival, The Pacific Rim Book Festival, and the Los Angeles Book Festival.
Highly addictive, spectacular, and mind blowing... Thomas is a wizard of fiction. -- U.S. Review of Books
A sweeping literary saga in the traditional 'Dr. Zhivago', 'Gone with the Wind', and 'The Thord Birds', this book has it all... original and stirring... --The Eric Hoffer Book Award
[A] cerebral page turner...a powerful and promising debut.--Kirkus Reviews
By the time you are done with The Lion Trees, you [will] have forgotten all about the length and will realize what an amazingly entertaining piece of literature it was and do I dare say it, a serious novel that provides you with some genuine laugh out loud moments. ... Owen Thomas's writing leaves you richer with emotions and contentment even before the ending arrives. If there is only one book that you are going to read this year, make it The Lion Trees. - Motorwriter.com
[FIVE STARS]...I've been an avid reader for well over thirty-five years. I've been a reviewer for over a dozen. I've been bombarded by today's cookie cutter story assembly and I despise it. ... Then, someone like Owen Thomas comes along and reminds me what the book world CAN offer, what a story CAN be. ... [T]his was an astounding read for me. Not only was the story telling mesmerizing, but Owen's writing style is inspiring. His writing is seamless and flawless and makes me yearn for more. -- LiteraryLitter.com
[FIVE STARS]...This is a powerful, gripping and realistic story. Once, a few decades ago, many authors would set out to write "The Great American Novel," hoping to tap into whatever it is which makes the US and its people so unique and hopeful, particularly at a set point in time. ... These days it doesn't seem like anyone tries to write those kind of seminal novels anymore... until now. ... The Lion Trees does what so very few great novels can: it will take a lot out of you, but leave you with much more than you had when you began. - Pacific Book Review
[FIVE STARS]...Every now and then, seemingly out of nowhere, a new voice comes along and knocks you socks off. Owen Thomas owns that voice... -- The Anchorage Press
Read information about the authorIf writers are what they write, then Owen Thomas is a fiction. Not a fiction in the way that Ebenezer wonders whether the Ghost of Christmas Past is merely a gastric illusion brought on by an "undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, or a crumb of cheese." Nor in the way that Verbal Kent invented Keyser Söze from scraps of information on a police station bulletin board. Rather, Owen Thomas is a fiction born of creative suffocation, less a product of indigestion or criminal-minded design than a full-on psychotic snap. After nearly twenty-five years as an attorney practicing civil litigation, the emergence of an alter ego was probably inevitable.
But if there is any truth in fiction (and there always is), then here is the truth. Owen Thomas is a life-long Alaskan with an abiding love of original fiction writing and storytelling whose ultimate purpose is always to reconnect the reader with humanity. Owen is a product of the Anchorage School District and a graduate of Duke University and Duke Law School. Over the years, while his responsible, wage-earning identity has been busy representing clients and writing legal briefs, Owen has written three novels: "Lying Under Comets: A Love Story of Passion, Murder, Snacks and Graffiti"; "The Lion Trees" (winner of 14 International Book Awards, including the Global eBook Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, a finalist for the Beverly Hills International Book Award, a Top Five Finalist for the Amazon Kindle Book Awards, and awarded Honorable Mentions at The London Book Festival, The Southern California Book Festival, the Great Midwest Book Festival, the Los Angeles Book Festival, the Great Southeast Book Festival, and the Pacific Rim Book Festival); and a novel of interconnected short fiction, including six novellas and four short stories, entitled "Signs of Passing", winner of the Pacific Book Awards for Short Fiction.
Additional short fiction pieces are collected and reproduced in their entirety in a blog feature called "Tiny Points of Life" (http://www.owenthomasfiction.com/inde...). Owen's short story "Everything Stops" has been included in an anthology of short fiction published by Fiction Attic Press called Modern Shorts, available at Amazon. Owen's short stories "Nothing to Worry About" and "Island Santa" have recently been released for purchase on Blurb.com and Amazon, respectively. Links to all works can be found on the author's website.
For the fifth consecutive year since he has been measuring his commercial success as an author, Owen has not won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Also, to great acclaim, he has not won the Man Booker Prize. Most recently, in April of 2015, Owen was not nominated for a Pulitzer.
To make sure he stays at least somewhat grounded in reality, Owen keeps very busy avoiding his responsibilities. When he is not writing, Owen can be found recreating and taking photographs in the grandeur of his Alaskan backyard and in the middle of the dream that is Hawaii, some of which are now accumulating on Owen's nascent photo blog, 1000 Words per Frame.
Owen fervently believes our problem is not that life is too short, but that it tends to be much too narrow. Also, whimsy in living is far too important to take seriously. But both of those propositions are the subject of on-going litigation. In the meantime, Owen is increasingly concerned that referring to oneself in the third-person is dangerously habit-forming.
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