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The King in the Tree by Steven Millhauser
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser's newest book, The King in the Tree, contains three novellas that all deal with love and betrayal. The first novella, Revenge, is the story of a widow showing her house to a prosective buyer, whom she knows was her husband's mistress. In Adventure of Don Juan, the famous Spanish lover leaves Venice for new challenges in the English countryside. Intending to seduce his host's wife or her sister, he finds the tables turned on him. The last novella, The King in the Tree, is a retelling of the fable, Tristan and Isolde, with the king as the jealousy-ravaged cuckold and his counselor who is caught between the lovers and the king's trust. It's a set of stories that delves into our own beings and the relationship between love and hate. The Seattle Times says of The King in the Tree, "It makes for powerful, spellbinding reading."