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The Lion Trees: Part Two: Awakening (Volume 2) Paperback – August 13, 2014
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[FOUR STARS]... "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
[A] cerebral page turner...a powerful and promising debut.--Kirkus Reviews
[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
[FOUR STARS]..."In its structure and nature, [The Lion Trees] reminds me above all of John Updike's wonderful Harry Rabbit novels and their ability to summarize the essence of change in American society across a decade at a time." - BookIdeas.com
“A sweeping literary saga in the tradition of ‘Dr. Zhivago’, ‘Gone with the Wind’, and ‘The Thorn Birds’, this book has it all, including scandal, aspiration, treachery, and reinvention. Thomas’ fiction has a fresh feel—original and stirring—delivering a tale of monumental family dysfunction, which captures interest through numerous plot shifts, quickly alternate between poignant and humorous. By turns exhilarating and exhausting, Thomas creates compelling, rich characters. The ending is just as satisfying as the beginning.” – The Eric Hoffer Book Award
[FIVE STARS]“Every now and then, seemingly out of nowhere, a new voice comes along and knocks your socks off. Owen Thomas owns that voice. . . . Intoxicated by his prose, you gorge upon chunks of passages and while awestruck by the language’s majesty two discordant thoughts course through your brain: why is the book so long and then, superseding that sentiment, please don’t let it end. It is not often that a book like ‘The Lion Trees’ graces our lives.” – The Anchorage Press
About the Author
Owen Thomas is a life-long Alaskan with an abiding love of original fiction. While managing an employment litigation practice in Alaska, Owen has written three novels: Lying Under Comets: A Love Story of Passion, Murder, Snacks and Graffiti; The Lion Trees, winner of thirteen international book awards (including the 2015 Kindle Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the First Horizon Award, the London Book Festival, the New York Book Festival, the Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and the Amsterdam Book Festival); and a novel of interconnected short fiction entitled Signs of Passing, winner of fourteen book festival awards (including the Pacific Book Awards for Short Fiction, the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, and the Great Southeast Book Festival) and was named one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2015 by Shelf Unbound Magazine. Owen maintains an active fiction and photography blog on his author website at owenthomasfiction.com.
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Top customer reviews
Perhaps this was just a good foil for me as a way to escape the problems of my own life, by immersing myself into another far more problematic than my own. Then again, I think I would have been drawn to these characters regardless. They came alive for me and I found myself thinking about them often throughout the day. By the time I reached the end, I hated to let them go – even if the story did conclude satisfactorily.
The story of a family told through the eyes of each member, the scenes they flash back to from their early lives and their individual perceptions of the events that took place explain how they arrived in at the place they are now. An ongoing saga of hilarious,and sometimes sorrowful, coming of self awareness and understanding of the people around you and their effect on your own development.
It is not a preachy book, it is a story of lives caught up in living in a messy world full of events both within and without our control . This is a book I will never forget.
* tight writing - tough to achieve in a 1600 page novel but he did it. I savored each word and didn't want to skim past any.
* well-developed characters - each was unique and interesting enough that I would have enjoyed individual novels starring each of them. This family will live with me the rest of my life. I kept an eye on the percentage read indicator, dreading the day I would have to say good-bye.
* evokes emotion - this might be the number one criterion for me and he aced it. I laughed out loud, I cried, I loved, I was angry.
* makes me think - Yeah. This. Thinking happened. This story forced me to think about life, relationships, timing, fate, personal growth, how I can be a better writer . . .
Thank you, Owen Thomas, for writing this beautiful story and for offering it at such an affordable price. Please, keep writing.
The second book was even more pleasurable reading than the first, in that I was already intrigued with the main characters and wanted know how their complicated lives would unfold. It was satisfying to be able to travel with them all through many more years and witness (and believe) the outcome.
I would concur with other reviewers that these books are not "light" reading. The weight comes from the intense introspection, beautifully sculpted character studies, and careful and authentic attention to the many surrounding circumstances.