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Greenwood
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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A dazzling, immersive generational saga that charts a family's rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, and conflicted relationship with the source of its fortune--trees--from one of Canada's most acclaimed novelists. 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.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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Great old-fashioned epic storytelling! This is both a bit science fiction set in the near future after environmental collapse and a sweeping historical story taking place over the course of the 20th century. Fascinating flawed characters and beautiful des descriptions of trees. The theme that resonated most for me was found family. Audiobook narration was great, with different actors voicing each character. #CanLit #AwesomeAudiobooks

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Pricel101
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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This is such a physically beautiful book I‘ve asked for it for Xmas🎅 shortlisted for this years Giller Prize its the story of a Canadian logging family circa 1908-2038. 🇨🇦🌲

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Rhondareads
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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A family saga a book for a long holiday weekend.💕📚

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Well-ReadNeck
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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Amazing family saga and climate crisis manifesto. This is one I‘ll be recommending to everyone. #Edelweiss

Suet624 Love what you did with the photo. 2mo
Emilymdxn What a gorgeous cover! 2mo
Tamra Want to read! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Sounds like this would have been a good pick for the #booked2019 prompt #clifi. I really disliked the book I read for it. 2mo
reluctantangeleno Oh my gosh, this cover! 😍 2mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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Surprise gayness which is like the cherry on top of this already excellent book. I saw it coming and I was like, c'mon Casey not everything has queer content, and it looks like my intuition was right and also everything is gay. That's just facts.

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s true. 2mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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So great. So grand. Excellent saga with all the Greenwood generations. Should have been on the Giller Shortlist. Should have won the whole prize in my opinion. Would make a wonderful companion to Richard Power's Overstory.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It is such a GORGEOUS Fall day out today!! Such a shame to have to be trapped again inside the office walls!

This book is seriously wonderful too with its saga-wonderfulness!

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It's such a beautiful Fall day out - would so rather be here reading this book that I'm really loving. Why didn't this one make the #Giller shortlist?? 🙁

brit91 A perfect reading spot!😍📚 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @brit91 it's definitely dreamy. 3mo
Hooked_on_books That looks like a magazine photo! 😍 Complete with adorable dog. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders It's not my porch! It probably is a magazine photo. I was just dreaming of being here. I wish. It was so nice out today. I was stuck at work. 😆😆 3mo
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Twocougs
Greenwood | Michael Christie
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I‘m not sure what I expected when I heard about this book but I knew I HAD to read it, so ordered it from Canada (it‘s not released in the Stated until 2/28/20.)Wow, so worth it. Incredibly sad yet Christie somehow continues to be hopeful in this multigenerational, future and past. I‘m scared that his future may become too realistic. Pre-order people or better yet buy it from an indie-bookstore in Canada, like Munro‘s in Victoria!

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I have been waiting for this book! Can't wait to dive in! It's gorgeously printed and had serious heft to it. 🍁 #CanLit (it came along with Sara Donati's chunker and Lara Prescott's spies and secrets book!)

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