A mid all the jane austen reboots and ripoffs jo bakers 2013 debut longbourn which developed the events of pride and prejudice from the servants perspective seemed restrained yet revelatory. I really enjoy historical fiction novels where the main character is a real life author i just finished recently sophie and the sybil which featured george eliot and now this one about samuel beckett. About a country road a tree from the best selling author of longbourn a remarkable imagining of samuel becketts wartime experiences in 1939 paris the ground rumbles with the footfall of nazi soldiers marching along the champs elysees and a young unknown writer recently arrived from ireland to make his mark smokes one last . A country road a tree by jo baker beckett proves elusive in forced resurrection a fictionalised account of the writers life in occupied france is strong on narrative but weak on becketts . A country road a tree by jo baker 289 pp alfred a knopf 2695 the beguiling title of jo bakers new novel comes from the opening stage direction of samuel becketts 1952 play waiting
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