Harry's Trees

Harry's Trees

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"When you climb a tree, the first thing you do is to hold on tight...Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, 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. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragedy--Amanda stoically holding it together while Oriana roams the forest searching for answers. And in Oriana's magical, willful mind, she believes that Harry is the key to righting her world. Now it's time for Harry to let go...After taking up residence in the woods behind Amanda's house, Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana in a ludicrous scheme to escape his tragic past. In so doing, the unlikeliest of elements--a wolf, a stash of gold coins, a fairy tale called The Grum's Ledger and a wise old librarian named Olive--come together to create a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana's wildest dreams and open Harry's heart to a whole new life. Harry's Trees is an uplifting story about the redeeming power of friendship and love and the magic to be found in life's most surprising adventures"--Provided by publisher.
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
Published: Toronto, Ontario :, Mira,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780778364153
0778364151
Branch Call Number: F COH
Characteristics: 428 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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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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gerryheyen
Feb 07, 2021

Excellent book! It starts a bit slow and unbelievable but stay with it. It becomes a wonderful story, a pleasure to read to the end.

ArapahoeStaff26 Feb 03, 2020

The crisp pacing and occasional narrator's benign comment give this book a folk-tale quality. The subject matter is serious, how to go on after the death of a loved one, but the narrator creates distance for the reader, so that we care but are not devastated. There is love, loss, healing, nature, the love of books and libraries. There is a nice contrast between hapless Ronnie and the strong women characters. I loved the ending!

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selfishgiant
Jan 07, 2020

Highly recommended by Paul Kristoferson, November 2019

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firebird770
Dec 23, 2019

A book recommended by another book club member who found it a fascinating read. So glad I asked to read it next. It was indeed a very fast read even though a thick book had it read in one week. Characters jump off the page, very funny, very heartbreaking and a very good lesson in tales of the heart and where greed takes a person. A must read.

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tgosche
Dec 17, 2019

A good, fun novel.
I'm not a fan of books with mythical creatures jumping out from behind trees.
And they did not.
Special coincidences woven into an interesting story line, with characters that could be your crazy neighbors.
Well worth the read.

SPL_HEATHERL Sep 04, 2019

Please see the Summary section for a full review of this book.

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lindemuldercr
Jul 30, 2019

I loved reading this cute story. Very heart warming.

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!!!

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Alyx999
Mar 10, 2019

I read the book because of the comments. I like fast paced books, so for me this was slow to start. But I love trees and forests and being outside and refused to give up on this book. Once things started going, it was a delightful, relaxing experience.
The trees are great, but the treehouse is DIVINE.

ArapahoeAlyson Dec 05, 2018

More people need to read this amazing story about how human connections can help us overcome loss. I loved the characters and the trees!

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ArapahoeStaff26 Feb 27, 2020

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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firebird770
Dec 23, 2019

Olive raised her eyes to a flickering bulb way up in the deep pitch of the peeling ceiling. "Geissler. Got a Geissler down in Maplewood Cemetery. No. No, that's Geisczler. Arnie Geisczler who raised goats." Ornery Arnie and his ornery goats." Struck me as so funny.

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SPL_HEATHERL Sep 04, 2019

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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