Alaskan Author Releases The Lion Trees, Literary Fiction with Universal Appeal, to Rave Reviews

The debut novel by Owen Thomas, The Lion Trees, chronicles the humorous and dramatic unraveling of an American family. The two-volume novel has been enthusiastically received by critics and by ordinary readers.

Anchorage, AK – The Lion Trees, a new literary fiction release from OTF Literary is already raising eyebrows. Early readers have shown little restraint of opinion: “Brilliant.” “Wonderful.” “Powerful.” “Engrossing.” “A mastery of craft.”

In The Lion Trees, Mr. Thomas has written an accessible, readable and yet highly sophisticated and nuanced account of an American family coming undone in the modern age. It is as much a story about the individual family members as the family itself. What happens, Thomas seems to ask, wen you get the life you aim for and it hurts like hell? With great humor, high drama, and unrelenting humanity, The Lion Trees plows universal ground.

Early reviews have lauded the memorable ensemble of vivid characters that comprise the Johns family, each in the grips of tailor-made predicaments that threaten the identities to which they cling. Hollis, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague’s daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amid salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer.

By turns comical and poignant, The Lion Trees depicts a family is tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are.

Recent Praise for The Lion Trees:
“[A] cerebral page turner…a powerful and promising debut.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[FOUR STARS]… In its structure and nature, [The Lion Trees] reminds me above all of John Updike’s wonderful Harry Rabbit novels and their ability to summarize the essence of change in American society across a decade at a time.” –

“[FIVE STARS]… [A] powerful, gripping and realistic story…Wonderful… The Lion Trees does what so very few great novels can: it will take a lot out of you, but leave you with much more than you had when you began.”—Pacific Book Reviews

About the Author:

Owen Thomas lives and writes in Anchorage, Alaska. His novel “The Lion Trees” is available in paper and electrons at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He is also the author of a collection of short stories and novellas entitled “Signs of Passing: Letters from Winchester County” winner of the 2014 Pacific Book Awards for short fiction. Visit Owen at his author website:

Title: The Lion Trees
Author: Owen Thomas
Publisher: OTF Literary
Part One: “Unraveling”
ISBN: 978-0692235904
Part Two: “Awakening”
ISBN: 978-0692248379
Published: August 2014
Genre: Literary Fiction

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Company Name: OTF Distribution, LLC
Contact Person: Owen Thomas
Phone: 907-250-5203
City: Anchorage
State: Alaska
Country: United States