A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"It's 2034 and Jake Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the world's last remaining forests. It's 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, fallen from a ladder and sprawled on his broken back, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. It's 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her father's once vast and violent timber empire. It's 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple syrup camp squat when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime that will cling to his family for decades. And throughout, there are trees: thrumming a steady, silent pulse beneath Christie's effortless sentences and working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood and blood--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984822000
Characteristics: 504 pages : illustration ; 25 cm


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Nov 21, 2020

I loved this. This is how you write a generational story! This book is packed full of uncomfortable family moments, messy relationships, and it has a wonderful message about the environment. The last hundred pages or so gave me so many feelings! This is a great read for anyone who loves family stores at their core, but also love ones driven by unique circumstances.

Oct 05, 2020

A wonderful read, I enjoy generational sagas. Makes you appreciate our forests and now I want to visit Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island. In keeping with the book’s subject, it is printed on 100% post consumer waste. Highly recommend

Sep 13, 2020

A beautifully told family saga.

Sep 11, 2020

I would highly recommend this. It is a family saga that is immersive and beautifully told. It has stayed with me for the many weeks since I have read it.

Sep 08, 2020

Absolutely loved this amazing book. A timely, beautiful book based on complex characters and their love of trees. One of the best books out there.

Aug 23, 2020

It’s a rare book that can spur action, but I’m now looking into how I can help to preserve old growth forests. This book takes the reader from the lumber barron days to a dystopian future where the trees have largely disappeared due to blight and environmental changes. Having seen the stands of dead pine trees in eastern Oregon, it wasn’t hard to picture. This book is a reminder of the wealth we take for granted piggybacked on an engaging generational story.

Aug 22, 2020

Time, by its very nature inherently haunting, infuses Greenwood. Deftly, epically Christie shuttles the reader to and fro navigating a 130-year time span. Along the way the spatial geography traversed is expansionary, yet focused. Moment and location work hand in glove. The Crash, Great Depression, Dust Bowl, Great Withering which frame the book's chronicle, as is the case with much of history, rests on a foundation of voluminous archives. The fleeting personal experiences, the strands of which weave into the fabric of our lives defining who we are, unravel and dissipate with the fading of memory. This loss fashions a bereft society. Greenwood: an entrancing novel.

BPLpicks Jul 23, 2020

This is a beautifully written, immersive, generational saga that was a joy to read. Highly recommended.

IndyPL_CarriG Jun 22, 2020

A lovely and heart-wrenching family saga that begins in a future beset by a changing climate and travels back to the earlier days of the 1930's lumber industry. I found all of the characters compelling, and the way he wove the threads of plot together throughout the different timelines were both easy to follow and made for strong emotional resonance. A beautiful read.

Jun 04, 2020

The rest of the reviews really say it all but this was one of my favourite books so far this year. Very well-written in an interesting style broken down by character /year that correspond with the rings (age) on British Columbia's ancient old growth forests. This book sends a vital environmental message through the eyes of complicated, flawed characters who are members of different generations of one family. Engrossing. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of the inconclusive ending but that is just a personal bias. Highly recommend.

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