Book Review: The Family Tree


“Everything that happens to you is so important, so absolutely unique and brightly lit” 


“When a man returns to his childhood home and visits the derelict tree house in which his father once chose to live, he recalls the past unravelling of his family, the unspoken strangeness of their lives, and the impact on his own adult life. Beautiful, sparse and insightful storytelling.” 

My Review: 

I came across this book when I attended a tree illustration workshop put on by Emma Shoard, The Family Tree`s illustrator. I was lucky enough to be able to get Emma to sign my copy.

I found this to be a nice easy read with a total read time of 20 mins max. 
Despite being a very short book, the breakdown of a parent’s marriage seen from the eyes of a child is heartbreaking. It brings attention to how hard it may be for a child to predict the disintegration of the family unit despite seemingly obvious warning signs.
This is a sad but sweet read and I would recommend this to anyone, especially as it is so quick to read.  

To Conclude: 

A beautifully illustrated short story which is able to convey a magnitude of emotion in fewer words than your average newspaper article. Happy Reading! 
My Rating: 4/5

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