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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Foremost Press (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936154706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936154708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,290,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most flexible way to tell a story is to use an all-knowing observer who narrates happenings in third-person. This approach allows an author to alert readers about dangers the hero isn't yet aware of, use other characters to provide input on what's going on, and so forth. But when a story involves primarily what's happening inside one's hero, nothing can match an account told in first person.

And being more of an inner-focused sort myself, I really enjoyed telling a story about Michael Manning, looked at, so to speak, from inside-out. This way readers get to see first hand what's going on within Michael's mind as he confronts the challenging problems--including a new affair of the heart--that arise within his innovatively altered lifestyle.

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Why, at the age of 54, has Michael Manning left his big-city medical practice and retired to a farm in rural Maine? And has he really--as viewed by Lesley Jordan, an attractive nurse in the nearby town of Winchendon--become little more than a narcissist who has reneged on his implied agreement to help his fellow man?

An identity crisis precipitated by Michael's growing disenchantment with the direction of modern medicine has led to his decision to "drop out." But an unexpected series of adventures arise as Michael begins to interact with the folks in his new community. Ensuing events impinge on the fragile friendship developing between Michael and Lesley (almost despite themselves), and leads to their interaction in ways that are both touching and comical. Their story addresses a question that seems to arise inevitably during the course of a human life--albeit not usually in such an offbeat manner--"Does this relationship have a future?"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tene on October 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
After reading "The Wolf Tree" through three separate times over the last year, I realized my focus changed each time. This book reveals quite a lot about the author's sense of humor, the complexity of his characters, and the life of average people engaging in relationships (often not as successfully as they would like). It is worth the time and effort to dig deeply into this book, and take time to savor all the layers of meaning found within.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honor on April 4, 2012
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Michael Manning is a disillusioned psychiatrist who moves to a small town in Maine to live a simpler life, free from the intrusions of a changing health care system. However, he can't completely escape his personal or professional past.

Michael continues to explore his sense of self and uses deep meditation to expand beyond ordinary consciousness with frightening results. At a more mundane level, Michael finds a new friend, Leslie Jordan. Through Leslie, Michael meets David Gilbert and Yvonne Wall, two very needy people.

Leslie asks Michael to help with a problem that has arisen in David's life. Michael comes up with a successful intervention though it's fascinating to observe how quickly highly educated adult men can degenerate into frat brothers of the animal house type when left to their own devices. The reader should be prepared for a laugh a minute as Michael and David cycle through the Florida Keys on a journey toward healing a broken heart.

Things don't go as smoothly when Michael tries to help Yvonne. Though Michael tries to make it clear that the help he's offering is not that of physician to patient, Yvonne sees things differently. The difference in how each perceives the meaning of the relationship leads to an excruciatingly raw encounter that escalates into the story's final crisis.

Woven throughout is Michael's relationship with Leslie. Leslie has, like several others in the story, had her heart broken. However, when she meets Michael she begins to think that it might be worth pursuing a relationship with him. It is not smooth sailing however and the author tantalizes the reader by leaving the outcome of the relationship until the very end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irene K. Rossi on December 14, 2011
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In his classic novel, Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse emphasized that each of us tends to see the self as a unit, or at most as a duality like "good self, bad self." Hesse's hero, Harry Haller, viewed himself in this manner, as either bestial or refined -- as either "wolf" or "man" -- although within the story a mysterious observer argued that Harry consisted of a hundred or a thousand selves, not simply two.

Philip Sullivan seems to share this view - or at least his protagonist Michael Manning does - because Michael tells us about his attempt to adjust to his new circumstances in terms of the often conflicting responses of his many "inner committee-members" (as he calls them).

Michael's story begins with his bursting into the emergency room of a rural Maine hospital, bleeding profusely from a head wound of rather unexplained origin. There he meets Lesley Jordan, an attractive nurse who will turn out to be his femme fatale, though she sees him as a rather flawed physician whose very early retirement makes her think he has reneged on his implied agreement to help his fellow man.

An unexpected series of adventures arise as Michael tries to settle into his new community, leading to interactions with Lesley that are touching yet comical. Their story addresses a question that arises inevitably during the course of a human life: Does this relationship have a future?

But the author, a psychiatrist by trade, seems to have more in mind than simply the unfolding of interesting events. He wants to let us know about the complexly conflicting goings-on within Michael. Nor does Doctor Sullivan do so by way of a duality, as in the good self and the bad self whereof Saint Paul so famously spoke.
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