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This is an auction for TWO books by Jim Lewis.

They are:

* WHY THE TREE LOVES THE AXE (paperback 1999, 276 pages) - "In Why the Tree Loves the Axe Jim Lewis uses the conventions of the mystery to explore the space between what is lost and what is found. When a car accident brings Caroline Harrison to Sugartown, Texas, she is running from her past, but what she finds are the kind of secrets that simmer beneath the surface of small-town America. Why the Tree Loves the Axe is a suspense novel at heart, but when it moves toward its climax, the reader is left with the uncomfortable realization that Lewis has deftly deconstructed our notions of Caroline's role as narrator. As events unfold, it becomes clear that her past and her motives are as mysterious as those of any other character, and that the conundrums this mystery seeks to unravel are those of the soul."


* THE KING IS DEAD (paperback 2004, 260 pages) - "This marvelous and beautifully written novel has at its blistered heart a love story...Lewis is extremely good on how Walter is changed by Nicole, by his adoration for her, and when their marriage ends it is awkward and passionate and shocking and moving? Some of the episodes along the way have the shape and presence of near-perfect short stories? There are lovely lines throughout. Lewis has made a world where things have their own inner lives, heavy with grief and consciousness? But it's not just pretty writing: the book creates a powerful narrative urgency as it approaches its end - and you find you have to force yourself to read more slowly, not wanting the experience to end."

Very favourable reviews on

Both books are in near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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