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THE CRYING TREE
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  • Paperback
  • Jul.07.2009
  • 9780767931748

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THE CRYING TREE is about a mother who must overcome the hate, grief, and secrets that surround the murder of her 15 year old son - and defy church and family - as she attempts to stop the execution of the man who killed her boy. THE CRYING TREE was released in hardcover by Broadway/Doubleday July 7, 2009 and in paperback July 6, 2010.
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THE CRYING TREE is about a mother who must overcome the hate, grief, and secrets that surround the murder of her 15 year old son - and defy church and family - as she attempts to stop the execution of the man who killed her boy.

THE CRYING TREE was released in hardcover by Broadway/Doubleday July 7, 2009 and in paperback July 6, 2010.

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“I don’t want to go,” Irene whispered.

Nate turned.

“Daniel Robbin's execution ... I—I won't go.”

Nate looked at her over the top of his glasses. “You’re not serious, right? I mean, you’ve always said you’d be there. That it was important, for Shep’s sake.”

“That was a long time ago.” She looked away wondering how to explain all this to her husband. In their world, people believed in taking responsibility for their actions, admitting when they’re wrong, and paying for it afterwards. She’d heard it in church, at work, at the bank. “That man ought to be dead by now,” people’d say over and over until finally the topic lost its sheen, and all that was left to say, if anything, was “what a shame, what a shame. What a goddamn shame.”

Not one of them, not her pastor, her sister, or even her husband had any idea she no longer agreed. Not that it wasn’t a shame. It was all a shame. Every bit of it—the murder, the anger, the bitterness, the things people become, or don’t, or lose and never find. She and Nate, having no idea what the other thought or felt. All of it—a goddamn shame. It’s just that she didn’t think killing Daniel Robbin would solve any of it.

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THE CRYING TREE was drawn from my experience as a reporter covering two executions, as well as subsequent interviews with Sister Helen Prejean (author of DEAD MAN WALKING), exonerated death row inmates, as well as victims that have learned to forgive the unforgivable.

About Naseem

Naseem Rakha is an award winning author and journalist whose stories have been heard on National Public Radio. Her international best selling debut novel, The Crying Tree, has received the 2010 PNBA Award. She lives in Silverton, Oregon with her husband, son and a whole bunch...

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Published Reviews

May.11.2009

The Crying Tree Naseem Rakha. Broadway, $22.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7679-3140-3

This complex, layered story of a family's journey toward justice and forgiveness comes together through spellbinding...

Jun.18.2009

A more common name for the "crying tree" is the willow, and one grows near Steven (Shep) Stanley's grave in Blaine, OR. This 15-year-old was killed in his home, and his best friend, Daniel, has been found...