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Publisher's Summary

The gripping novel from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sunday Times best-selling author of The Mercies.

Strasbourg, 1518. In the midst of a blisteringly hot summer, a lone woman begins to dance in the city square. She dances for days without pause or rest, and as she is joined by hundreds of others, the authorities declare an emergency. Musicians will be brought in to play the Devil out of these women.

Just beyond the city’s limits, pregnant Lisbet lives with her mother-in-law and husband, tending the bees that are their livelihood. And then, as the dancing plague gathers momentum, Lisbet’s sister-in-law, Nethe, returns from seven years’ penance in the mountains for a crime no one will name. 

It is a secret that Lisbet is determined to uncover. As the city buckles under the beat of a thousand feet, she finds herself thrust into a dangerous web of deceit and clandestine passion, but she is dancing to a dangerous tune....

Set in an era of superstition, hysteria and extraordinary change, and inspired by the true events of a doomed summer, The Dance Tree is an impassioned story of family secrets, forbidden love and women pushed to the edge.

©2022 Kiran Millwood Hargrave (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Exceptionally brilliant. Immersive, sensual, compelling, ambitious." (Marian Keyes)

"Intriguing, haunting...raw, beautiful." (Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne)

"I absolutely loved this book...spellbinding." (Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den)

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  • 07-07-22

Fascinating

A beautifully lyrical writer, weaving a web of stories, so unfamiliar as to be intoxicating. I loved Lisbet, Agnata and Ida, the love between them. The lack of freedom they had remind me that I, nowadays, do have choice never granted to them. I highly recommend this beautiful story.

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  • 09-26-22

Dull

Really boring, mostly about bees and miscarriages. Lots of description with minimal plot, I thought I would really enjoy it but it was tedious and plodding.

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  • Jessica Jayne
  • 08-26-22

A slow burn that grew into a fire!

I really enjoyed this story, it was a bit slow to begin with, but when it picked up I was hooked. I adored the relationships and love between Lisbet, Agnata & Ida. As a woman and a lesbian, I feel very lucky to be able to love who I want and be who I am today. My only issue with this book is the narrator wasn't the best. The different characters voices weren't distinctive enough and I needed to rewind a few times to actually understand what had happened.

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  • Mrs. Susannah C. Lester
  • 05-29-22

I’m lucky to be the first to review this book

This really is a jewel of a book, and is narrated so so beautifully. The words wrap around you like a song.
It is delicate and tender, intricate and yet somehow simple. You will fall in love with bees. It is also horrific and cruel, A very hard time to live. I really can’t recommend this more highly. Wish I could give more stars!

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  • 05-30-22

Beautifully narrated

I would listen to this narrator again I enjoyed her performance. I did not enjoy the book. I'm currently reading a lot of historical fiction set many, many years ago, mainly about women and their trials. I was very excited to purchase this and spent a while deciding whether to read or listen. I'm glad I chose to listen as I would not have finished this book. There was just so many, many descriptions of minutiae and it got a bit wearing. I'd hate to count the times the stench and filth of humanity was described. I do not think all of the descriptions added to the story. I love when a historical novel sets the scene so I can fully immerse myself in the day to day life of people I'm reading about, but this missed the mark for me. If I had to sum this up, it was book about words/descriptions to the detriment of the story.

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