‘In The Which Way Tree, Elizabeth Crook has conjured a powerful, sly, and often charming tale delivered in the winning voice of Benjamin. This novel is a fast-paced story resonating with rich characters and mythic elements that come to us as folklore that mustn't be doubted.’
Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone and The Maid's Version
‘‘Preacher Dob said, Vengeance belongs to the Lord, Samantha. She said, Only if he can beat me to it.’ This told me everything I needed to know about Samantha Shreve, a character who knocked my socks off from her first appearance on the page. This book is the stuff of legends, tales told for a hundred years around Texas campfires. Written in a form that is historically accurate and yet feels painstakingly intimate, The Which Way Tree is unlike anything I’ve read before.’
Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird
‘When I began to read this book its unique voice appealed to me immediately. Elizabeth Crook has written a beautiful novel with wonderful characters.’
‘A small-scale masterwork, richly detailed and beautifully rendered.’
S. C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of the Summer Moon
‘The Which Way Tree is one part Track of the Cat, one part True Grit, and one part Tom Sawyer, a ruthless pedigree for a novel that displays human nature in its most beautiful form — a marvel.’
Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Western Star
‘Elizabeth Crook has created a book of marvels. Its comedy is steeped in the hardscrabble tragedies of a wilder old America. You will even catch an echo of Twain’s wit in the picaresque narration.’
Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the US national bestseller The Hummingbird’s Daughter
‘Not since True Grit have I read a novel as charming, exciting, suspenseful, and pitch-perfect as The Which Way Tree. Elizabeth Crook’s new book is winning from first page to last.’
Ron Hansen, author of The Kid and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
‘This is a story of unremitting deprivation allayed by unexpected kindness, with a dangerous chase motivated by love and suffused with humanity.’
'Readers new to the Western genre will be hooked if they start with this compelling novel.'
'Poignant and plainspoken … Crook crafts Benjamin's narration beautifully, finding a winning balance between naiveté and wisdom, thoughtfulness and grit.