“Remarkable….This ambitious novel soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction.”

 

NO MAJOR SPOILERS

This homage to trees is an extraordinary achievement by the author. Coming in at 502 pages the first part of this book reads like a book of short stories about individuals whose lives begin to be affected by trees, whether it’s being protected from a parachute fall, to sisters each having a separate tree planted for them in their backyard to the young man who learns how to write code by his father who explains how the roots of the programming branch out, just like the roots of the trees, to the family out in the Midwest that has a lone chestnut tree standing on their property and how this tree is photographed constantly over the Lifetime of those who love it to display a history of the growth of this tree.

Nice stories to be sure, but none seem to be connected until the second part of the book where many of the individuals will meet somewhere along the line and will join together to help fight for the lives of trees and survival of our environment.

The importance of trees comes alive in the second half of the book, and the lengths these people will go to protect them from being cut down and eventually eradicated from the earth are extraordinary, and sometimes unlawful. The story will take place over most of the lives of these individuals, some to their actual end. Tragedy, success, wealth and living off the land are all conditions that some of the characters portrayed here will experience, but the one constant is their love and dedication to the tree.

There will be much to learn here about how the trees can communicate and interact with each other, and how even dead trees when they fall are necessary for the growth of the forest and all the life that exists in that forest.

A mind opening story written with an expertise by a terrific writer who never allows you to get bored with this subject as his great narrative draws you into the lives of these individuals and the lives of the trees they love.

Highly recommended.

 

Reviewed by:

Richard Franco

Added 2nd August 2018

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