For readers who loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, a novel that plunges us into the heart of a community wrenched apart by a painful secret.One of Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2021One of Book Riot's Most Anticipated Releases of 2021One of Daily Beast's Best Books to Read this SummerA Harper's Bazaar and LA Times Book of the Summer
*'Probably the best novel I'll read this year. It's about work and love and characters who ring true. By the time I was 50 pages in I couldn't put it down. Can't stop thinking about it' Stephen King*
For generations, Rich Gundersen's family has made a living felling giant redwoods on California's rugged coast. It's treacherous work, and though his son, Chub, wants nothing more than to step into his father's boots, Rich longs for a bigger future for him.
Colleen just wants a brother or sister for Chub, but she's losing hope. There is so much that she and Rich don't talk about these days - including her suspicions that there is something very wrong at the heart of the forest on which their community is built.
When Rich is offered the opportunity to buy a plot of timber which borders Damnation Grove, he leaps at the chance - without telling Colleen. Soon the Gundersens find themselves on opposite sides of a battle that threatens to rip their town apart. Can they find a way to emerge from this together?
Beautiful, timeless and breathtaking... this book has all the makings of a classic
So absorbing is DAMNATION SPRING, so rich with the atmosphere of a time and a place, that when I laid the book down it was hard not to look around my living room and wonder where the redwoods had gone
Davidson evokes a story so vivid that readers will smell the trees, feel the damp, and-most importantly-care about a family
A strong work of climate fiction... rooted in age-old man-versus-nature storytelling. An impressively well-turned story about how environmental damage creeps into our bodies, psyches, and economies - Kirkus (starred review)
Ash Davidson was born in Arcata, California and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and MacDowell. Her debut novel, DAMNATION SPRING, about logging in redwood country, is forthcoming from Scribner (US), Actes Sud (France), and Tinder Press (UK). She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Author website: www.ashdavidson.net