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Watching the Tree Limbs
NAV Press / 2006 / Paperback
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Callously passed from relative to relative, 9-year-old orphan Mara takes comfort in her imagination---especially playing Nancy Drew with her best friend, Camilla. But some mysteries seem unsolvable. Who is her mother? Why won't the neighborhood bully stop abusing her? Can she endure the heartache of a shattered childhood and begin again, with God's help? 416 pages, softcover from NavPress.
Nine-year-old Mara loves playing Nancy Drew with her best friend, Camilla. But then there are big mysteries that Mara's afraid to share: Who is her mother? Her father? And how can she stop the biggest criminal of all, General?
MARY E. DEMUTH has spent the last 13 years as a writer. Her weekly column appeared for two years in the Dallas Star Community newspapers. She now splits her time between writing nonfiction books about parenting and risky faith, and novels--everything from women's fiction to legal thrillers. She lives in Le Rouret France with Patrick, her husband of fifteen years and their three children, Sophie, Aidan, and Julia. Together, they are planting a church.
In this debut faith-based novel, DeMuth transports readers to the hot East Texas town that is nine-year-old Mara's home. Amid the red dirt and pecan trees, Mara struggles to find her way through a painful and mysterious family situation. Who were her parents? Is her aunt Elma really her aunt and does Elma really have a tumor? What will happen to her if her aunt dies? The pain in Mara's life multiplies when she meets General, the teenage neighbor who repeatedly rapes her, threatening her life if she tells anyone. DeMuth captures the horrific situation from Mara's inability to keep her body from shaking to her determination to watch the tree limbs to keep her mind off of what is going on, while providing hope of redemption and healing. Her characters are expertly drawn, and encompass meanness, evil, great kindness and the confusion of generally good people who don't know how to handle what life has given them. Christian themes are woven throughout as a natural expression of the characters and situation. Readers may be surprised at the dark subject matter, but this book will appeal to many readers both as a thoughtful, powerful reflection on a difficult topic and as a compelling story. Copyright 2006 Publishers Weekly
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Author: Mary E DeMuth
Located in: France
Submitted: December 22, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. I've lived in the south of France with my husband and three children for a year and a half now. Along with two other families, we are planting a church. (We are missionaries). I've been writing twelve years, but more seriously the past two years. I've written Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, released in 2005) and was a contributing author to Sister Freaks (Time Warner, 2005 release). A second parenting book, Building the Christian Family You Never Had releases January 2006 with WaterBrook. I'm passionate about translating God's whispers to the printed page, about experiencing and communicating the heart of God through fiction and nonfiction. I love to cook (and being in France is a treat in that sense!), create little pieces of art, read to my children, watch movies, garden, sing like there's no tomorrow, and read.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to show that God can reach into the most impossible situations.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First, I want someone to be captured and ensnared by a great story. As a storycrafter, that's my first priority. I hope that when readers set the book down, they will be changed, that perhaps they will view God or life or relationships differently.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love Leif Enger's Peace Like a River - a lyrical, beautifully written story that is also a pageturner. That's the kind of book I want to write - stunning prose, suspenseful story. I also am enamored with To Kill a Mockingbird, the kind of story that changes society through the power of story instead of lengthy didactics. I still have a radio transcript of Breakpoint with Chuck Colson entitled, "Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Power of Story" dated May 23,2000. In it he says this: "...I've often been much more affected by works of fiction than by abstract theological discourses."
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Folks can learn more by visiting my blog: www.relevantblog.blogspot.com or my website: www.relevantprose.com.
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