Rebecca Rasmussen: Evergreen



Bout friendship of the highest degree about motherhood and so many other things but most of all about forgiveness taught to us by a little girl names Racina I m so glad I noticed this wonderful book after reading recent reviews from Elyse Cheri I was drawn in from the beginning and savored every chapter of this lovely book I enjoyed the descriptive words of the forest the characters and the magical uality of the little bird named Tuna I enjoyed this much in the same way I enjoyed reading The Snow Child This is a perfect book to curl up with on a cool fall weekend Add it to your reading list Loved the characters the scenic descriptions the heart of the story 45 Stars I remember tears streaming down your face when I said I ll never let you goWhen all those shadows almost illed your lightI remember you said don t leave me here aloneBut all that s dead and gone and passed tonight Just close your eyes the sun is going downYou ll be alright no one can hurt you nowCome morning light you and I ll be safe and sound Safe and Sound from the Hunger Games Soundtrack Taylor Swift Songwriters T Bone Burnett John Paul White Taylor Swift Joy Williams Yetton Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are Ortega Y GassetA beautifully written story about nature wilderness siblings and the people who choose to live a solitary life this story has a fairy tale feel replete with birds flittering about and the hovering darkness before the light The story begins with the arrival of Eveline to Evergreen Eveline LeMay came after the water She arrived on a cool morning in early September asleep in a rowboat without paddles as if she new the river currents would carry her past the tamarack and black spruce forest around Bone Island a fen and a bog all the way to Evergreen and her new husband Emil who was waiting for her on the rocky shore They are no longer newlyweds having lived in the home of her parents before Emil decided they should move Life is simple not easy filled with hard physical labor Emil is used to the hum of mosuitoes in his ears and the mud coming up to his ankles but they have love and a woodstove and might even have electricity in a year or two Home is a remote cabin in this forest wilderness big enough for two Soon to be three A son Hux will be born to them There s such a sense of isolation and a dream like uality to the days as they seem to merge into weeks and soon a year has passed and Emil receives a letter calling him back to Germany His father is dying It is supposed to be a somewhat brief visit It is 1939 With Emil gone Eveline decides to stay on rather than return to her parents and draws strength support and friendship from neighbors across the riverThere are additional characters that play a role in this story as the years go by some you love to hate and some you just love Sister Cordelia is a memorable character Lulu is wonderful and Naamah s story will steal your heart as will Racina What really pulled me in to begin with though was the lovely prose describing this life lived within this forest primevalA story about the road taken the choices made the. F the past can ever be mended  Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest Rebecca Rasmussen has written a luminous and emotionally charged novel about how one defining moment can echo through generation.

Evergreen Rebecca Rasmussen s second novel is a deceptively simple story about three generations of a family living among the forests and rivers of Evergreen Minnesota There are four parts each focusing on roughly a year in the life of indiv I loved this book and can t wait for everyone else to get a chance to read it It s definitely plot driven and I would have liked to have seen some characters stick around a little longer but Rasmussen s sense of space and suspense made it hard to put this one down I devoured it and now I need to go see what else she has written It s no surprise to anyone who nows me that novels with natural settings are my thing The title of this book alone suggests an outdoorsy feel The wonderful pine trees stamped on the book jacket the bird they speak volumes Yet this book is SO much than a novel with an outdoor setting filled with wondrous creatures scents and sounds This is character driven fiction as its best a story of love identity tragedy forgiveness and yearning Spanning generations of two close nit families from 1938 to 1972 it is a treasure And I will concur with others if you loved The Snow Child you will love this book as well While it is similar is some ways it also is uite different and so very lovely in its own rightI thoroughly enjoyed Rasmussen s debut The Bird Sisters but I loved Evergreen even She writes with such an assured style one that is at once filled with simplicity yet also luxurious sophistication For example Lulu came marching through the forest and up to the cabin her coonskin coat unbuttoned and flying behind her like a feral cape and her child flying in front of her to avoid being swallowed by it The imagery in Evergreen pops the emotion ignites yet the prose is still as accessible as it is drink worthy To me the author s style is reminiscent of Louise Erdrich and Rachel Simon The ease with which Rasmussen braids symbolism theme foreshadowing and metaphor into the story is admirable Birds articles of clothing trees light they all come to mean so much than their physical identity And perhaps this is one of my favorite aspects of the book Through the sensibilities of the characters Eveline Emil Hux Lulu Gunther Naamah all living in the wilderness of Minnesota Rasmussen is able to subtly weave environmental themes throughout avoiding a preachy affect Somehow she presents such a balanced view of the tug and pull of humans on the natural world highlighting human ignorance but also human respect for the outdoors and its inhabitants Yes if you have an environmental conscience this book will make you think or have you saying aloud like I did Yes Yes Yes For instance Hux takes note The second logging camp was remote than the first There were still forests that hadn t been touched by the blade of a saw up here a sight almost harder to bear than the forests that had Hux was part of the destruction but he didn t ever use of anything than he needed Even the smallest details of the physical printing of this book wowed me for Parts I IV each told through a different character s point of view the icons at that start of each chapter change A BookPage Best Book of the Year It is 1938 when Eveline a young bride follows her husband Emil into the Minnesota wilderness Though their cabin is rundown they have a river full of fish a garden out ba.

Aple leaves are used for one character oak leaves for another a fern for one a flower for another Loved this little detailThis is one of my favorites of 2014 If mother daughter mother son relationships interest you if you ve ever found joy in the singing of a sparrow or the hooting of an owl or the sound of wind whistling through a tree if you want to better understand people with earthy connections this book is for you Read it Read it Eveline fell in love with Emil precisely because of watching him tip people monarch butterflies It didn t take long to feel Eveline s sadness and loneliness She was a new bride away from her family friends civilization She moved to the forest deep in the woods the biggest c Oh Rebecca Rasmussen you did it again You reached in and wrapped your hand around my heart with your lovely but heart breaking story I loved most of the characters and the ones I didn t you made me understand why These characters leapt off the pages as did the settings which played as big a part as the main characters I should have been tipped off by the uote before the story begins Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are It s a story about the need for love and acceptance and what happens when those are missing in one s life The uestion of nature versus nurture ran through my mind with each generation I loved what a minor character says at one point in the story Every time you think you need to hold on let go Without spoiling the story I ll just say I think book clubs would find a lot to discuss with EvergreenEarlier I mentioned the story is lovely but heart breaking I turned the final page feeling uplifted and hopeful and so glad to have read EvergreenI received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my opinion Beautifully written and a very enjoyable and evocative read I loved the descriptions of the country and the way of life and many of the characters were just remarkable However I struggled with the way it wrapped up I wanted to now what Na I have been trying to write a review of this book for the last couple of days and it s just not working very well For some reason I found myself writing about what the story is about than my feelings about it which is usually what I like to convey in a review So I have decided to just make a list of a few of my thoughts This book is so well written that even though I new some of what would happen having read the description the story was no less gripping You can only grasp the incredible sadness of this story by immersing yourself into it which happened to me with little effort Parts of this book are very difficult to read but it is well worth the pain in your gut There are some wonderful characters in this book that you will love especially Lulu The breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the wilderness in northern Minnesota makes for an amazing backdrop for the story While the book opens with Eveline this book in my view is really Naamah s story The emotional and physical abuse she lives through as a child shapes the novel This book is about decisions people make and the conseuences of them Ck and a baby boy named Hux  But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father a dangerous stranger arrives fracturing their small family forever and leaving Hux to grow up wondering if the wrongs

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I am the author of the novels Evergreen forthcoming from Knopf and The Bird Sisters Crown but I am also a mother wife teacher pie baker nature swooner birder lover of all things oldThank you for visiting me on GoodreadsVisit rebecca rasmussencom for info