A Perfect Read [Book Review]

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree by Kenneth S. Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Perfect Tree” was, truly, a perfect read! I was blown away by Harris’ coming-of-age tale in this debut novel. As many have already hinted, there’s a fantastically written plot twist at the end of the novel that will send you reeling and, most importantly, thinking.

Set in a small Appalachian town and told through the viewpoint of a 12-year-old boy, “The Perfect Tree” is wonderfully constructed to coax the reader into a safe place from which to explore very daring topics.

Harris’ use of the characterized author, Alfie Mae Piper, offered a very natural and intriguing third-party view into his own work. Knowing Kenny personally, I appreciated his homage to writers as the spinners of story that, sometimes, have the ability to come a bit too close for comfort – primarily in terms of what the fictitious can teach us about the real.

If you’re interested in Appalachian literature, coming-of-age tales, and appreciate books that actively engage your conscious – then “The Perfect Tree” is for you.

Kenny is an author to keep an eye on, to be sure.

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Kenny is a coworker of mine and, now, a published author!
I continue to learn so much about writing from Kenny.
Visit his blog at KennethScottHarris.com and show a debut novelist some love! 
You can purchase The Perfect Tree on Amazon.com.

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