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Damnation Spring

(2021)
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'The kind of novel I've been craving for ages - every page stirred my soul' Emily Ruskovich, author of Idaho
'Pitch perfect...an unforgettable portrait of the very real consequences that environmental decay can hold for nature and humanity alike' Vogue

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?

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"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. What impresses me the most about Ash Davidson and her writing is how deeply she understands her characters, and how sharply she has observed their world, yet how little fuss she makes about it. There's not an ounce of ego on display here, which means that it's never the singer you hear, always the song. And the song, in this case, is magnificent." - Kevin Brockmeier

"Damnation Spring is, like the redwood trees at the center of its story, a beautiful, timeless, and breathtaking novel. It is painstakingly researched and lovingly crafted. But most importantly, the author is incredibly sensitive and tender with her characters, who, for the reader, quickly become as close as neighbors or family. Ultimately, time is the best judge of artistic quality, but for me, this book has all the makings of a classic. It is, in my estimation, a Great American Novel. A novel that tips its cap at writers like Steinbeck and Kesey, but also confidently forges ahead, blazing new paths. Just - a stunning, wondrous book." - Nickolas Butler

"In her astonishingly accomplished first novel, Ash Davidson reminds us that we are never more profoundly shaped by our environment than when we destroy it. Nearly every page left me in awe." - Anthony Marra

"Unavoidable, maybe, but Damnation Spring recalls Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, a big, rollicking crowd pleaser of a family saga set in hardscrabble logging country. Ash Davidson's homespun characters aren't just local color. Like their community, they face a reckoning as their lives and livelihoods collide with the wider world." - Stewart O'Nan

"The kind of novel I've been craving for ages - every page stirred my soul." - Emily Ruskovich

"Damnation Spring is that wonderful evocation of a world so complete you can't believe it's fiction, each character and moment drawn with precision and heart. Davidson crafts a portrait of a marriage inside a portrait of a town inside a portrait of an industry, refracting the consequences of capitalism through people's lives and bodies. A masterful and sensitive explication of how humans are part of their environment no less than trees, mud, other animals, and water, this novel takes place forty years ago but could not be more relevant. If you want to know how we came to find ourselves amid an extinction event, or you need a gripping escape from considering the same, read this book." - Merritt Tierce

"Ash Davidson writes with unwavering compassion--for bitterly divided families, for those with fatally opposed ideologies, for our fragile natural world. Such is the rare generosity of spirit that has produced Damnation Spring--an elegant novel of profound power and grace." - Madhuri Vijay


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December 2021 : USA Library Binding
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August 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: Damnation Spring
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