Henryk reached out to embrace him, formally, awkwardly. How rarely they'd touched since childhood, thought Adi, as he sank against his brother. How clumsy their love was.
Brothers Henryk and Adam Radecki's relationship is one of fraught love and jealously. Henryk, unhappily married, becomes a rich and successful industrialist, while Adi, a devoted vet, finds and loses love. Their bond is tested throughout their lives, from the 1920s, against the background of Poland's tragic and tumultuous relationship with Russia, through war, revolution and invasion, until 1954 in the Snowy Mountains of Australia.
Adi's wife and son are at the heart of this riveting tale, in which family secrets threaten to tear lives apart. Caught up in momentous events, each character reminds us of our power to survive extraordinary times, of the moral choices we make and the dramatic turns our lives can take.
Beautifully written, full of the detail of everyday life, its joys and suffering, The Tulip Tree is engrossing historical fiction at its best, a profoundly moving story of love, sacrifice and loyalty.
Suzanne McCourt's debut novel, The Lost Child, was published by Text in 2014 and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her novella The Last Taboo shared first prize in the Griffith Review Novella Project in 2016. Suzanne lives in Melbourne.
'A remarkable ability to discover within the most concrete details a rich and raw emotion...a novel that is at once familiar and entirely fresh.' Weekend Australian on The Lost Child