GG WINNER: Kate Pullinger is an acclaimed Canadian author who won the Governor General’s Literary Award for her novel The Mistress of Nothing. Forest Green is another coup for Kate.
FULL OF HEART: This novel is immersive, sweeping, romantic and heartbreaking, too—a book that will make you feel.
WHOLE-LIFE NOVEL: Forest Green is rare in that it follows one subject for his entire life, from boyhood to old age.
A MALE PROTAGONIST: This novel has fascinating things to say on masculinity and the way it shapes (and sometimes warps) boys and men.
EXERCISE IN EMPATHY: Have you ever seen a homeless person and wondered how they ended up where they did? Forest Green asks the same question, and answers it with great empathy and wisdom.
Praise for Forest Green:
“Pullinger’s beautiful writing captures the sweep of a life.” —Toronto Star
“[This] novel evokes a lifespan turned paltry and ruinous by the reverberations of one childhood event. Forest Green is a spare, economical novel…[and an] artful portrait of steady personal erosion.” —Vancouver Sun
“On a rainy Vancouver day, Art Lunn lies tangled up in a blanket in a doorway. Estranged from family, the homeless man finds solace in his memories…. Lyrical prose by the Governor General’s Literary Award-winner slowly unravels the past that led to this present…. The poignant glimpses and fragments take shape to reveal how childhood trauma can set decades of misfortune in motion.” —Zoomer
“Kate Pullinger renders Art Lunn’s tumultuous life in episodes that have the clarity of tree rings. This slim, engrossing novel holds worlds, and its complicated central character is offered up to us with deep and unwavering empathy.” —Catherine Bush, bestselling author of The Rules of Engagement, Claire’s Head and Blaze Island
“I read Forest Green in one go, gripped and charmed and moved by its Everyman logger protagonist and all he lives through.” —Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of The Wonder and Room
“At the same time intimate and sweeping, Forest Green tells the story of a single man’s life, and the history of a family, an industry, a nation. Pullinger expertly and sensitively reveals the different stages of her character’s life, and the way it has been shaped by both inside and outside pressures.” —Johanna Skibsrud, award-winning author of The Sentimentalists and Island
“Childhood wonder and promise collide with a day whose lifelong repercussions Springsteen might have penned had he decided to turn to prose and reimagine Nesbit’s The Railway Children. Pullinger’s new novel is a freedom song for the working man.” —Kathleen Winter, #1 bestselling author of Annabel and Lost in September
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