This review of A Tree Born Crooked comes all the way from Muscat, Oman. And I think it might have made me blush. But, I tell you, I'm a sucker for a well-thought out, well-analyzed and well-written book review.
Here's an excerpt:
"The three protagonists land with feet firmly in their respective archetypes. ‘Rabbit’ hops from the page through the writer’s deftness of brush, as vulnerable as Steinbeck’s Lenny and seemingly headed for as grisly a fate. James’ taciturn solidity places him in a line of heroes from his namesake, Dean and back as far as old English warrior Beowulf. The character of Marlena is tough yet compassionate; her words half-way, a window through which to view the locked-in world view of all three: ‘We can’t escape who we are.’ "