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The witch elm

by French, Tana,

Format: Book on CD 2018
Availability: Available at 18 Libraries 18 of 23 copies
Available (18)
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Bethel Park Public Library Audio/Visual CD FRENCH Tana
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Audio/Visual
Call Number  CD FRENCH Tana
Brentwood Library Adult Audiobooks CD BOOK French
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Adult Audiobooks
Call Number  CD BOOK French
Bridgeville Public Library Audiovisual FIC FRE
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Audiovisual
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Audio Visual CD Fre
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  CD Fre
CLP - Knoxville Audiovisual Collection CD French
Location  CLP - Knoxville
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD French
CLP - South Side Audiovisual Collection CD French
Location  CLP - South Side
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD French
CLP - West End Audiovisual Collection CD French
Location  CLP - West End
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD French
Carnegie Library of McKeesport AV CD-BK F FRE
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Collection  AV
Call Number  CD-BK F FRE
Community Library of Castle Shannon Audio Books (Cassettes and CD's) BOOK-ON-DISC Fic French (18)
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Audio Books (Cassettes and CD's)
Call Number  BOOK-ON-DISC Fic French (18)
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books CD FRENCH TANA
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Northern Tier Regional Library Adult Audiobooks CD/BK FIC FRENC
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Adult Audiobooks
Call Number  CD/BK FIC FRENC
Northland Public Library Audio Books FIC FRENCH (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Oakmont Carnegie Library Audiovisual CD FRE
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  CD FRE
Robinson Library Audio Book CD FIC FRENCH
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Audio Book
Call Number  CD FIC FRENCH
Sewickley Public Library AV - New Audiobooks CD F FRE
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  AV - New Audiobooks
Call Number  CD F FRE
South Fayette Township Library Audiovisual CD FIC FRE
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  CD FIC FRE
Upper St. Clair Township Library Audiobooks FRENCH Tana
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Audiobooks
Call Number  FRENCH Tana
Whitehall Public Library AudioBook Collection ABOCD French
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  AudioBook Collection
Call Number  ABOCD French
Unavailable (5)
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Audiovisual Collection CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  AV
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks ON HOLDSHELF
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Dormont Public Library Audio Visual CHECKED OUT
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Hampton Community Library Adult Audio IN TRANSIT
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Adult Audio
Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review , Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle , Vox, and Electric Literature

"Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet." -- The New York Times

An "extraordinary" (Stephen King) and "mesmerizing" ( LA Times ) new standalone novel from the master of crime and suspense

From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" ( The New Yorker ) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" ( People ) comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life--he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden--and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* French, author of the award-winning Dublin Murder Squad series, delivers a spellbinding stand-alone novel carefully crafted in her unique, darkly elegant prose style, which Stephen King has called incandescent. Toby Hennessy always considered himself a lucky guy, trading on his considerable charm for a successful life, until he has the misfortune to surprise two burglars in his flat. He is beaten and left for dead, and after a less-than-successful recovery, he agrees to care for his dying uncle, Hugo, at the family's ancestral home while working on regaining his own cognitive and motor skills. When a skull is found in the trunk of an ancient tree in the garden, his dysfunctional brain struggles to reassess the past, evidently not what it once seemed and now abounding in million-euro questions. Issues of identity permeate the narrative. Toby's previous forays using fake social-media accounts become an issue for the police. Welcome comic relief comes via Hugo's genealogy investigation service, now in high gear because of Americans confounded by their Irish DNA test results. Toby finds himself wondering how much he had ever really known about his family, now so disconcerted that their misery is like some rampaging animal, and the reader gets pulled into the vortex right along with them. As Oscar Wilde wrote, The truth is rarely pure and never simple.--Jane Murphy Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Reviewed by Julie Buntin. The Witch Elm is Tana French's first standalone, following five Dublin Murder Squad mysteries. It's as good as the best of those novels, if not better. In theme and atmosphere, it evokes her earliest two books, Into the Woods and The Likeness, using the driving mystery-of course, there's a murder-as a vehicle for asking complex questions about identity and human nature. But in this latest work, privilege is French's subject; more specifically, the relationship between privilege and what we perceive as luck. Who might we become if the privileges we take for granted were suddenly ripped away? Instead of a world-weary detective, our narrator is Toby, an easygoing 20-something who has always taken his wild good fortune as a matter of course. He's attractive, clever, and universally liked. A publicist for a Dublin art gallery, he has a girlfriend so saintly that it takes a while for her to register as a real character (or at least for him to see her that way). Then robbers break into his apartment and beat him so badly that the physical damage permeates every aspect of his life, fundamentally altering his appearance, his gait, and his sense of self. His memory is newly riddled with gaps; his frustration as he attempts to discern what's real, what's remembered, and what's paranoia adds fuel to the plot. While he's in the hospital, his beloved Uncle Hugo, keeper of the Ivy House, a family property that's rendered with French's signature attention to real estate, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Toby moves in with him, both to keep him company and because he, too, needs a caretaker. When a human skull turns up in a hollow of a witch elm in the backyard of the Ivy House, the plot revs its engine. Who does the skull belong to? And what does Toby have to do with whoever died in his backyard, or at least who was buried there? In typical French fashion, just when you think you've started to piece it all together, the picture shifts before your eyes. It's a bold move to wait until nearly a third of the way into the book to deploy the body. But what might seem like throat-clearing in another writer's novel is taut and tense in The Witch Elm, thanks to a layered network of subplots and the increasing fragmentation of Toby himself. In many ways, the most interesting question the novel asks is not whodunit; it's whether, and how, Toby will come back together again. Stepping outside the restrictions of the Dublin Murder Squad format suits French. Readers used to the detective's perspective might miss the shop talk, not to mention the pleasure of inhabiting the POV of the smartest character rather than (in this case) the most bewildered. By channeling the story through a narrator who's unfamiliar with the very worst parts of human nature, she's able to put her thematic questions at center stage . She carefully builds Toby up, and then strips every part of him away; the result is a chilling interrogation of privilege and the transformative effects of trauma. Julie Buntin is the author of Marlena, a novel. © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Victims of crimes -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2018
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Nugent, Paul, narrator.
Penguin Audio (Firm), publisher.
Books on Tape, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Paul Nugent.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from disc label.
Description 18 audio discs (22 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781984838001
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