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To the Pines [Kindle Edition]

Tom Abbott
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In prohibition-era East Tennessee, the Hale family live an extremely limited existence. Pa works down the mine, dragging his exhausted body through life and bitterly mulling over the death of his wife; oldest son Billy indulges in blood sports with a brooding enthusiasm, bullying his two younger siblings as they try vainly to get the best from their days; Jesca edges excitedly into womanhood and dreams of escape; and the youngest child, Onie, mutely watches on as his family heads towards self-destruction.

Claustrophobic, menacing and intensely-told, TO THE PINES builds towards a heartbreaking climax, before leading the reader through the chaotic fallout of the family’s ruin. TO THE PINES is a startling and accomplished debut novel, and one that underlines the importance of hope.

‘A deeply compelling story of darkness and light, life and death, violence and redemption. Hauntingly lyrical and heart-wrenching, it is one of the most distinctive and original novels I’ve read for a very long time.’ Tricia Wastvedt, Author of The River and The German Boy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2427 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEPTABE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Abbott was born in 1983 in Hertfordshire, where he stayed until he was twelve. After spending his teenage years living in Virginia, he returned to the UK at sixteen and over the last few years, despite previously writing only poetry, has completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He currently lives in Bath where he works as a freelance journalist and is studying to become a psychotherapist.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the Pines 11 Jan 2014
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A dusty, gritty and impoverished but real world with characters and language to match. I thought the spelling of the southern American drawl might irritate but it only served to root the characters in their environment. We experience their lives in the unique way in which each perceives their world and I found those of Onie, with his limited understanding, particularly moving. The novelist deals with the themes of good and evil with understanding, involving us with the vividness of his vision and we are left with a bleakness tempered with compassion for the humanity which he portrays.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ok 27 May 2014
By jasmine
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its got a good story line but the puntuation and the spellings are mostly wrong so i dont actually like this book.
so i dont recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting style and an atmospheric read. 25 Mar 2014
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Having read and enjoyed some of Cormac McCarthy's work I wasn't perturbed by the lack of punctuation or the unusual writing style. I actually think that it it allowed each of the characters to express themselves and tell their own story. There is a real sense of time and place and a feeling of menace leading you towards the climax of the story which is bleak! There is a small glimmer of hope at the end though.
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This is an interesting read. You are drawn into a dysfunctional world, character by character, knowing that there will be trouble, but not knowing where it will come from. There is a sense of unease as you read - but never is it overt or overpowering. There are points when you feel like shouting at the characters and other times like crying. The strength of the book, in my mind, lies in when you worry about the characters after you finish reading. My sense of life says you should have some good in it, and it makes me want to intervene - maybe more education, better paid jobs, perhaps a social worker - well anything to save this poor family from the situation they are in. It is grim reality - I would like to say of a time gone by - but reluctantly we can pick up any international newspaper to find this is reality in many parts of the world - and that includes the developed world.

Abbott has written an intense debut novel, and it is a brave decision to introduce us to this world through the mute character of Onie. This is a great and original work, so you need to allow yourself to be drawn into this world - you won't be disappointed.

Why four stars not five - well I suppose it's four and a half really. There were times when I missed some of the traditional punctuation. In days gone by I would probably have moaned about the lack of apostrophe that showed the plural. Life does move on - I'm just not there yet!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving and impressive first novel 28 Feb 2014
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Tom Abbott's first novel is deeply moving and stays with the reader long after the last chapter has been closed. The characters are very real with genuine complexity and their stories, interwoven through the chapters, are heart rending. I am looking forward to Tom Abbott's next work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An accomplished, affecting novel 27 Feb 2014
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To the Pines is a rare and unusual novel. Uncompromising in its honesty, it is true to its characters and can be uncomfortably real, dragging the reader on as the character's lives unravel. It tells a harrowing story of a family dealing with tragedy in a unique way. The individual voices are distinct, although it takes time to get used to the narrative style. Soon, however, the lack of punctuation is ignored as you are drawn into the lives and individual view points of the characters as they struggle towards resolution. Certainly not an easy read in content or construction it is thought provoking and profound.

An exciting debut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gut-wrenching read 27 Feb 2014
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A really engaging novel. A snapshot few days in the lives of a family who were not having a good week! Each chapter narrated by the main characters in turn, with an accent in common, but each telling it from their own perspective, in their own voice, immediately portraying their individual natures. Bleak and gut-wrenching in turn, I sometimes wanted to flick ahead to see what Billy would do next, or how Jesca would fare, but I read it in the order in which it was published, which made it addictive reading, albeit somewhat morbidly so at times. Plenty of scope for a sequel, but satisfyingly complete as is. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak 14 Feb 2014
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Incredibly bleak story. Compelling though and a page turner. I had to finish it and I liked the ending, was quite difficult to read at times but I thought the author evoked exactly the atmosphere he was trying to create.be interested to see what else he writes.
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