They come for the trees.Greenwood, Michael Christie, Scribe 2020
It is well-known (here) that I’m a fan of family epics. There’s always the risk that the dullest character gets the most attention but still: throw in clear images of different eras and I’m in.
Michael Christie’s adds trees to his. From cutting to protecting, wood working and dendrology (- yes, I learned a new word), these Greenwood generations are willingly and unwillingly connected to the lungs of the earth.
The story ranges from 1908 to 2038 and with almost 500 pages – goes far and wide through Canada and characters.
The only thing that slightly bothered me was the imbalance between male and female characters and how the latter were all connected to motherhood somehow. I know that some of the historical settings limit female independence and freedom or maybe the male author simply didn’t dare but.. I would have liked to know more about them and their surroundings.
Except for Jake’s. Her 2038 is a loud, environmental warning we should all hope doesn’t turn into reality.