The Apple-Tree Throne is Premee Mohamed’s first novella, based on the song “The Ghost of Genova Heights” by Stars, from the album “In our Bedroom After the War.”
It is the autumnal first-person narrative of a soldier who returns from an unnamed war and is haunted by his superior officer. It takes place in an alternate England of an indeterminate era, complete with all the social mannerisms you’d expect.
The ghost himself seldom appears, so we mostly read about the effects that his haunting is having on the mind of the main character; who spends his days inserted into the spaces that his ghost used to occupy in life, while ruminating on life, death, and everything in between.
Can’t say much more without running into spoilers, but disregarding the plot, the reason why you’d want to read this book is because of its beautiful, beautiful prose.
Premee is a rare breed of writer known as a prose poet and even if “soldier haunted after the war” doesn’t pique your interest (as was the case with me*), hers is the superior level of an elegant voice that is just a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it.
*I follow Premee on Twitter and she is one of the funniest people around, precisely because of her constant and intelligent play on words. Even though the plot didn’t call to me, I just needed to read more of her words and it ended up being such a treat.
I would recommend this to: someone looking for a quick read/novella for a rainy afternoon (especially during these crisp autumn days), and also to people who want to enjoy the beautiful words of poems without necessarily having to read one.