From the salons of pre-Revolutionary Russia to war-torn Britain and the tropics of Northern Australia, a wonderful debut novel about three generations of exiles.
A house carved fine as a jewellery box, a painted garden, an angel in a palm tree ... these are some of the marvels of the Russian estate on which Nina grows up, surrounded by her beautiful mother, her eccentric father, her sister and the housekeeper, who passes on the old Russian folktales and traditions.
After the death of her mother, Nina takes the difficult decision to leave her homeland and marry a complete stranger. She arrives in England on the brink of the First World War and must adjust to a society very different from her own.
Over the next eighty years, the family scatter across the globe in the wake of the Russian Revolution and two world wars. It is only when Nina's own granddaughter begins a search for her roots that the family's tragic history can be pieced together for the first time.
'Wonderfully evocative with an epic historical sweep.'
'Penny Sumner's inspired debut novel Tree of Angels ... takes the reader on an emotional journey through pre-revolutionary Russia to war-torn Britain and the tropics of Northern Australia ... wonderfully evocative.'
'This is a great family saga covering 80 years ... There's a great sadness in the book but the story grips the reader from the early days of the century right through the wars and on to the new wrold. It is a meaty book, a story well told ... Sumner's next book will be eagerly awaited.'
DUBLIN EVENING HERALD
Publication date: 07/04/2005
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||7th April 2005|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
Penny Sumner has worked as a waitress, a photographer at a dolphin pool and a seller of antiquarian books. She came to England from Australia to do postgraduate studies at Oxford and currently lives with her family in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she works as course leader for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Northumbria. She has edited a number of anthologies.More About Penny Sumner