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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463727976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463727970
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,678,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nola Schiff uses her childhood experiences with colonial Africa as the backdrop for her book, The Hissing Tree (ISBN 1463727976). Schiff portrays issues that plagued colonial Africa during the 1950s and that still resonate in present day Zimbabwe.

She uses A.M. Winter as a nom-de-plume as a tribute to her mother who died of Alzheimer's in 1995.

Nola Schiff was born in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, present day Zambia, in Africa. She left for London and joined the BBC, where she trained as a documentary film editor. Schiff worked as a sound researcher and sound editor for the Emmy-award-winning series "The World at War" for Thames Television. She moved to New York in 1978, and became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter. Schiff received her master's in creative writing from Vermont College, and is currently teaching at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sundowner on October 5, 2013
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A.M. Winter's The Hissing Tree is a startling book. It is the story of a young white girl ruffian set in Southern Rhodesia during the early 1950s. I know the author and although I hid it, I felt put upon when I was asked to read an early draft of this "first" novel. Ugh! I thought. However I did and I was simply not prepared for the compelling and magically told story that was to unfold in its pages.

Not since I first read Cry The Beloved Country and Too Late The Phalarope, by Alan Paton, A Story Like The Wind and A Far Off Place by Laurens Van Der Post, and Out Of Africa by Isak Dinesen, have I been so affected by a story set in Africa in the horrible time of colonization (and apartheid). Without preaching, the story charts its path through the life of a 12-year old white girl and that of the people, black and white, around her all the time showing sometimes - subtly, sometimes not so subtly - the horrors of racism and its affect on the human spirit.

I will not give away more of the story, but from the first fateful moments when tomboy Nicole, (Nick) climbs the wall of the nearby police station to peek at the brutal flogging of a poor black bicycle thief to prove she can be one of the guys, to the last gripping pages of this story of a deeply changed soon to be young teenager, I could not put the book down. Filled with rich characters whose small lives seem heightened and made more vital by the harshness around them, The Hissing Tree is an unvarnished, often disturbing and unforgiving look at a dark era, while at the same time being a vastly entertaining and profoundly moving look at a young girl's life - a life, and a time, few of us can even imagine. The short of all this is that I loved the book.

Robert Callely - New York City
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By Lorna Clare Kelly on October 15, 2013
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I was blown away by this book. I did not want it to end - I savored every page.

In every way I found it one of the absolute best reads ever. The author's choice and use of words is nothing less than poetic mastery - Dickens step aside. I was mesmerized. I read the paper version and then ordered it on Kindle so that I can always have it with me to dip into whenever I need to be uplifted by great writing.

Lorna Kelly
New York
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By Paula Iversen on October 8, 2013
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This book is a story about what it was like to grow up in Rhodesia(now Zimbabwe), in the 50's. Some things have changed, some things have stayed the same. The book is well-written and kept me entertained throughout. It is a good account of a young girl's struggle to find her place in her family and her surroundings and the challenges she faced and overcame. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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