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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

EVERGREEN By Rebecca Ramussen

Publisher:  Knopf
Publication Date:  July 8, 2014
Pages:  352
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Book Description: 
From the celebrated author of The Bird Sisters, a gorgeously rendered and emotionally charged novel that spans generations, telling the story of two siblings, raised apart, attempting to share a life.

It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband into the wilderness of Minnesota. Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a new baby boy named Hux. But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, the unthinkable happens: a stranger arrives, and Eveline becomes pregnant. She gives the child away, and while Hux grows up hunting and fishing in the woods with his parents, his sister, Naamah, is raised an orphan. Years later, haunted by the knowledge of this forsaken girl, Hux decides to find his sister and bring her home to the cabin. But Naamah, even wilder than the wilderness that surrounds them, may make it impossible for Hux to ever tame her, to ever make up for all that she, and they, have lost. Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest, this is a luminous novel of love, regret, and hope.

Wanda's Thoughts:  The writer takes you on a journey of sadness, survival, and healing when one tragic event changes the lives of three generations of a family. Evergreen is an intimate and heart-wrenching portrait of this family.

The unique characters were a bit quirky and somewhat eccentric, but for the most part I enjoyed them all. I loved the wilderness setting in Minnesota, but I must say I felt the living conditions were a bit primitive for this time frame – my only negative comment. This is a deeply sad story and brought to life by Rebecca Rasmussen’s beautiful descriptive writing. A riveting story by an amazing author, indeed! My rating is 4+ stars.

About the Author: I am the author of the novels Evergreen (forthcoming from Knopf) and The Bird Sisters (Crown), but I am also a mother, wife, teacher, pie baker, nature swooner, birder, lover of all things old...

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