Harry's TreesBook - 2018
Harry Crane is an analyst for the US Forest Service, until his wife dies suddenly and he is unable to cope. Leaving his job and his old life behind, Harry makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains. Determined to lose himself, he takes up residents in the woods. Oriana and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragedy. Oriana roams the forest searching for answers, and she believes that Harry is the key to righting her world. Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana in a scheme involving a wolf, a stash of gold coins, a fairy tale called The Grum's Ledger, and a wise old librarian named Olive. -- adapted from publisher info
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“What else is a library, but a temple of truth? What other function do books have, the great ones, but to change the reader? Books to comfort. But most of all, books to disturb you forward.”
DBRL_ReginaF Jun 26, 2019
When spring had me craving trees, this is the book I chose to read. It took me awhile to finally get to it but it was so worth it! Not only did it bring me trees, it also brought magic, danger, books, and special library. What an incredibly fun book!!!
This is a story with a touch of magical realism. It's about Harry Crane, who loves trees but works in a treeless US Forest Service office. Until...
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The longer he sat on the apartment floor, the deeper the deadly foreign microbes from the tuna lid were burrowing into his wound. He was going to lose the finger, but Christ, he didn't want to lose the arm, so he mustered all his strength (very little) and courage (less) and ran downstairs... pg. 133
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Harry Crane loves trees, but most of all he loves forests. So it would seem that a career working for the local forestry commission would be the perfect fit for him. Unfortunately he's realized he's in a dead end job as his days are spent dealing with bureaucracy and not nature. So each week he buys a lottery ticket to keep alive his dream of buying a plot of land where he can grow trees.
One day, on the way to see a movie with his wife, he rushes to buy his weekly lottery ticket and sets off a tragic chain of events. As Harry hands over the money for the ticket, his wife, waiting on the other side of the street, is killed in a freak accident. Harry has lost the love of his life. With no hope for the future, and consumed with grief, he retreats deep into a forest with plans to end his life.
Fate intervenes in the form of ten year old Oriana who comes across Harry following his botched suicide attempt. It turns out that Oriana is a firm believer in fairy tales, as is her friend Olive, the eighty year old, pipe-smoking librarian at the crumbling local library. So it seems Harry has a few people on his side, but there are others who would like to see him brought down a peg or two. His brother Wolf for instance. Wolf pursues Harry to try to take the compensation money Harry has been awarded after his wife’s death. Harry is unaware of Wolf’s designs on his money. He doesn’t even want it in the first place, and so with the help of Oriana and an old fairy tale book given to them by Olive, Harry develops a plan to make other people happy with the money. But can he do this before people in the nearby town and his brother Wolf catch up with him? And what about Harry himself? Can he find a reason to carry on with life after such heartbreak?
Harry’s Trees is filled with interesting people, some good and some not so good. It’s a magical fairy tale for grownups, with heroes and villains, a wise old woman and a knight in shining armor in the form of a young girl. It’s stuffed full with larger than life characters and is utterly charming.
This is a book for readers that believe stories about good people who have struggled with life should have happy endings.
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