The Fiction of Owen Thomas

The Lion Trees

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What if survival required you to unlearn who you are? How far would you fall to save yourself? Sometimes happiness is a long way down.

The Johns family is unraveling. Hollis, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague’s daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amidst salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer.

By turns comical and poignant, the Johns family is tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are.

In September 2014 Owen Thomas Fiction sponsored a GoodReads giveaway of ten paperback copies of “The Lion Trees”. A whopping 892 people signed up for a chance to win. I am pleased beyond description at that response. A new Goodreads giveaway is now in effect until December 5. In the meantime, our sister site—OTF Distribution—is currently offering 50% deals on paperback and electronic versions of “The Lion Trees.” But the savings are not perpetual. So if you are interested in a discount, visit OTF Distribution and order soon.

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Links to purchase The Lion Trees are below. But again, before purchasing, you might want to check to see if there are any current giveaways or discounts available. Our sister site, OTF Distribution is a direct sales site for all Owen Thomas Fiction products and hosts periodic book giveaways and discounts, sometimes in exchange for a book review and sometimes just for the heck of it.

Part 1: Unraveling (Paperback)


Part 2: Awakening (Paperback)


The Lion Trees (Kindle eBook)



Five stars “I loved The Lion Trees - and you will too. This is a powerful, gripping and realistic story. Once, a few decades ago, many authors would set out to write “The Great American Novel,” hoping to tap into whatever it is which makes the US and its people so unique and hopeful, particularly at a set point in time. The Grapes of Wrath comes to mind as such a novel. These days it doesn’t seem like anyone tries to write those kind of seminal novels anymore… until now. [ read more ]

—Pacific Book Reviews