by Rachel Devenish Ford
“A beautiful and haunting tale about generations connected by livelihood and place, Ford evokes the great books by Kingsolver and Steinbeck. Lush prose, conflicted characters so vividly drawn you would recognize them passing them on the street.” ~Melissa Westemeier, Ecowomen.net
When Molly’s ranch is threatened by a nearby forest fire, she realizes she will do whatever she can to save it, even at the cost of her fragile mental stability.
Jack, Molly’s husband, will do whatever he can to save Molly. He alone knows the true cost of her breakdown, sixteen years ago.
Catherine, Molly’s elderly mother, is caught between regrets of the past and the present fiery threat. She returns to the ranch and begins a project that she hopes will somehow bring Molly back to wholeness, a project that has nothing to do with fighting fires.
As the whole family waits out the four days that the fire continues toward them, they dig deeply into the past to find the healing that they need and reclaim their place on the earth.
The Eve Tree is a haunting, lyrical novel about the desperation of family, the difficulty of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.
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