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The Which Way Tree

(2018)
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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.

"A ripping adventure [with] a show-stopping finale."-Wall Street Journal

"The stuff of legends."-Attica Locke

"Powerful, sly, and often charming."-Daniel Woodrell

Genre: Western

Praise for this book

"Not since True Grit have I read a novel this charming, exciting, suspenseful, and pitch-perfect. The Which Way Tree is winning from first page to last." - Ron Hansen

"The Which Way Tree is one part Track of the Cat, one part True Grit, and one part Tom Sawyer, a ruthless pedigree for a novel that displays human nature in its most beautiful form--a marvel." - Craig Johnson

"'Preacher Dob said, Vengeance belongs to the Lord, Samantha. She said, Only if he can beat me to it.' This told me everything I needed to know about Samantha Shreve, a character who knocked my socks off from her first appearance on the page. This book is the stuff of legends, tales told for a hundred years around Texas campfires. Written in a form that is historically accurate and yet feels painstakingly intimate, The Which Way Tree is unlike anything I've read before." - Attica Locke

"Elizabeth Crook has created a book of marvels. Its comedy is steeped in the hardscrabble tragedies of a wilder old America. You will even catch an echo of Twain's wit in the picaresque narration." - Luis Alberto Urrea

"In The Which Way Tree, Elizabeth Crook has conjured a powerful, sly, and often charming tale delivered in the winning voice of Benjamin. This novel is a fast-paced story resonating with rich characters and mythic elements that come to us as folklore that mustn't be doubted." - Daniel Woodrell


Used availability for Elizabeth Crook's The Which Way Tree

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Which Way Tree (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover)
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
ISBN: 1-4328-5279-5 / 978-1-4328-5279-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
ISBN: 0-316-43495-7 / 978-0-316-43495-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
ISBN: 0-316-43494-9 / 978-0-316-43494-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
ISBN: 1-911617-16-8 / 978-1-911617-16-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribe UK
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
ISBN: 1-5491-7053-8 / 978-1-5491-7053-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Which Way Tree: Library Edition
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
ISBN: 1-5491-7050-3 / 978-1-5491-7050-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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January 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Which Way Tree
Author(s): Elizabeth Crook
Publisher: Scribe
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