In the Cherry Tree A Novel

Dan Pope




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272 Pages



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It's a suburban summer in the seventies. Twelve years old and full of boundless curiosity, Timmy lives in an ever-expanding realm of record collections (of which Elton John is king), neighborhood bullies (of which Franky DiLorenzo rules), best friends, and backyard football. But 1974 is the summer that changes everything. An intruder will break into his tree house. Timmy will lose a friend, discover sex, and learn the darker, more lasting secrets of his own household. Featuring one of the most remarkable child narrators to come along in recent years, In the Cherry Tree is the achievement of a stunning new voice in American fiction, an addictively clever and appealing novel of our universal coming of age.


Praise for In the Cherry Tree

"In the Cherry Tree combines the sweet earnestness of youth with the slightly savage lust of late male adolescence. This book is a fort—climb up and stay awhile."—Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead

"In the Cherry is running cannonball back into the swimming pool of 1970s childhood, perfectly capturing the warmth, detail, and self-assured confusion of what I didn't realize I'd already forgotten about being a kid. Absolutely unpretentious, unsentimental, funny, and sad, it plunges you back into a world of dissolving families and dissolving childhoods, distilling in its spare prose the raw invigoration of simply being alive."—Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

"Dan Hope is a wonder. In the Cherry Tree tells the sad, hilarious truth about growing up. If you're ever loved, married, or given birth to a boy, you must read this book."—Jennifer Haigh, author of Mrs. Kimble

"Thought you'd left adolescence behind forever? Ready or not, here you go. Dan Pope's small, deft novel turns suburban malaise into both comedy and elegy. It's a gem."—Rand Richards Cooper, author of The Last to Go

"Dan Pope's novel doesn't capture the world of twelve-year-old in the 1970s so much as it liberates it. Filled with music, cars, obtuse older siblings, parents who are struggling with their own demons, and (increasingly, tentatively) girls, In the Cherry Tree gets every nuance right—the alliances and rivalries, the exuberance and sorrow."—Ben Greenman, author of Superbad

"In the Cherry is both a love song and a lament for lost childhood . . . I read this strong and vibrant book with a constant smile on my face."—Jonathan Carroll, author of The Wooden Sea

"What makes this coming-of-age novel (Pope's first) appealing is Timmy's voice, which is not overly innocent or wise but aptly low-key and ordinary. While the 1970s background will appeal to nostalgic adult readers, teenagers will also enjoy this book. Recommended."—Library Journal

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  • Dan Pope

  • Dan Pope is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Portions of In the Cherry Tree appeared in McSweeney's, and some of his other fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and The Iowa Review. He currently lives in Hartford, Connecticut.




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