"A ripping adventure [with] a show-stopping finale."--Wall Street Journal
"The stuff of legends."--Attica Locke
"Powerful, sly, and often charming."--Daniel Woodrell
A New York Times Editors' Choice pick
The poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who braves the dangers of the Texas frontier to avenge her mother's death
Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred.
Narrated in Benjamin's beguilingly plainspoken voice, The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha's unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with troubled family ties to the preacher and a score to settle.
In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking saga of one steadfast girl's revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. Yet with the comedic undertones of Benjamin's storytelling, it is also a timeless tale full of warmth and humor, and a testament to the enduring love that carries a sister and brother through a perilous adventure with all the dimensions of a legend.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Whether or not you’re drawn to American Westerns, The Which Way Tree ropes you in. Austin-based author Elizabeth Crook channels the voice of orphan Benjamin Shreve, who’s trying to keep his ornery half-sister Sam safe after the death of their parents. In letters to a sympathetic judge, Benjamin tells the story of his and Sam’s involvement with a sadistic Secessionist soldier accused of murder and a daring hunt for the gargantuan panther that ripped their family apart. Benjamin is a wonderful guide into this wild adventure: he’s funny, enthusiastic, and decent to the bone. Crook’s novel whisked us away from our current reality.
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this way! I absolutely adored this book, even though at times I wanted to smack Sam upside of her head. Engaging characters, an outrageously bold panther and a slew of offbeat western history make this a 2 reader...read it twice . Don’t let “western “ fool you.
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