The Treehouse

Fiction - General
394 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2018
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Author Biography

After ten years as a filmmaker, I received my MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College. My fiction and nonfiction have appeared in literary journals and magazines. One story, "The Pecking Order," was selected for a Black Lawrence Press anthology of the best writing about HIV/AIDS that was originally published in the magazine Art & Understanding, and another story, "The Memorial," was selected for the Third World Press anthology, Fingernails Across the Blackboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora. I've taught writing at Emerson College and Boston College, and live in Massachusetts. The Treehouse is my first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Treehouse by Randi Triant is a gripping novel that explores the themes of love lost, and one woman’s journey to reconquer the very essence of her motherhood — or womanhood. Camilla Thompson has been apart from Nico, her son, for two years now. Now when Nico and his mother go on a week’s vacation, Camilla takes the opportunity to make a gift to her son. She drives to the house where her son is living and starts building a tree house for him.

But things quickly change as she understands that wanting to build a tree house is quite different from actually building one, especially if one isn’t a builder. But help comes from unexpected places and readers are introduced to interesting characters as the project comes along. But the arrival of her Department Chair could change everything, and what started as a promising adventure could end with Camilla losing her career.

This story is so well-written that the reader can’t help but be gripped by the voice of the narrator. Randi Triant has a unique gift for exploring the heart of a woman and leading readers into the deep emotions of the characters. It’s hard not to like Camilla and it’s even harder not to notice the connection between Camilla and Audrey. The author weaves powerful themes like love and family and parenting into the narrative in a seamless manner, conveying powerful lessons without missing anything on the narrative. The Treehouse is fast-paced, emotionally intense, and utterly captivating. You’ll love this story, but you’ll love the characters even more.

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The Treehouse by Randi Triant is a wonderful story that follows a woman’s journey to parenting, to rebuilding her life after a failed relationship. Camilla Thompson, who teaches in the department of Humanities in college, knows well that Allison, her ex, wouldn’t be home. And she misses her son, Nico, whom she hasn’t seen for two years. But she has a surprise for Nico, which is why she goes to the house where he lives with her ex while they are away. She wants to build him a tree house. But being a great college professor doesn’t qualify one as a builder and Camilla faces that challenge. But then, she gets helping hands from friends and neighbors, and soon readers are introduced to a great cast of characters, including Audrey, who makes Camilla’s heart beat even faster. But then the department head comes in with threatening news. Does Camilla have what it takes to build a good relationship and keep her job?

In this brilliantly plotted and skillfully written novel, Randi Triant explores interesting themes like same-sex relationships and parenting, the beauty of womanhood, and post-relationship crises. The book explores very unique angles in the area of parenting and features characters that readers will find themselves rooting for. The setting comes out beautifully, with images that readers can appreciate, but the excellent plot points and the crisp writing really impressed me as a reader. The Treehouse is the work of a great mind, imaginatively plotted and written to keep the reader turning the pages.