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The Tree of Life

(1985)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Eighteen months of the life of Thomas Keene, a fictitious 19th-century congregational minister, is traced in this journal-like novel. Having suffered a loss of faith, Keene abandons the East for frontier life in the Ohio wilderness. His account is by turns violent, tender, and erotic. Keene is both a witness to history, describing the many ordinary and horrific details of frontier life (including the conflict between white settlers and Indians), and a man searching for personal meaning in a world without God. Like a true frontier journal, the novel includes illustrations attributed to Keene. As a foil to the main character, the historic figure John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, is portrayed as a believer who lives with self-doubt.



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Hardback Editions

1985 : USA Hardback

Title: The Tree of Life (Curley Large Print Books)
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
ISBN: 1-55504-096-9 / 978-1-55504-096-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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August 1986 : USA Hardback

Title: The Tree of Life
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
ISBN: 1-55504-107-8 / 978-1-55504-107-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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October 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Tree of Life
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
ISBN: 0-06-015143-9 / 978-0-06-015143-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper & Row
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Paperback Editions

May 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tree of Life
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
ISBN: 0-9664913-2-7 / 978-0-9664913-2-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
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September 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tree of Life
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
ISBN: 0-85635-874-6 / 978-0-85635-874-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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October 1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tree of Life (Perennial Fiction Library)
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
ISBN: 0-06-091362-2 / 978-0-06-091362-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Tree of Life
Author(s): Hugh Nissenson
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
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