A mid all the jane austen reboots and ripoffs jo bakers 2013 debut longbourn which developed the events of pride and prejudice from the servants perspective seemed restrained yet revelatory. From the best selling author of longbourn a stunning new novel that follows an unnamed writer samuel beckett whose life and extraordinary literary gift are permanently shaped in the forge of war. A country road a tree by jo baker 289 pp alfred a knopf 2695 the beguiling title of jo bakers new novel comes from the opening stage direction of samuel becketts 1952 play waiting . About a country road a tree from the best selling author of longbourn a remarkable imagining of samuel becketts wartime experiences in 1939 paris the ground rumbles with the footfall of nazi soldiers marching along the champs elysees and a young unknown writer recently arrived from ireland to make his mark smokes one last . A country road a tree by jo baker beckett proves elusive in forced resurrection a fictionalised account of the writers life in occupied france is strong on narrative but weak on becketts
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