Hogarth Greenwood: A novel
Hogarth Greenwood: A novel

Greenwood: A novel

By Michael Christie


Publication Date: February 9, 2021

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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.

About the Author

A former professional skateboarder, Michael Christie received an MFA from the University of British Columbia. His first book, The Beggar’s Garden, won the City of Vancouver Book Award. His U.S. debut, If I Fall, If I Die, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives with his family on Galiano Island, British Columbia.

Author Residence: Galiano Island, British Columbia

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 528 pages

Publisher: Hogarth

Publication Date: February 9, 2021

ISBN: 9781984822017

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