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Greenwood by Michael Christie


A novel of a family tree in a dying forest

Michael Christie

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Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publication date: 13 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781911617846
4 stars out of 5
18 Mar 2020

"a dense yet exhilarating eco-parable"

The speculative episodes contain the most arresting and bleakly realised passages of the book, but they form merely the outer perimeter of a layered narrative constructed like the growth rings of a giant redwood. The scale of Christie’s ambition becomes apparent when the novel goes head-to-head with the greatest dust-bowl narrative ever told. The allusions to The Grapes of Wrath are far from hidden – Liam Greenwood observes the hipster clientele of a Brooklyn cafe “in their old-time canvas aprons, linen work shirts and perfectly distressed boots like they’ve stepped out of the pages of a Steinbeck novel”.