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Treeborne

(2018)
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From Caleb Johnson comes a debut audiobook about an unusual family who have made their home at the margins of an unusual place.

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked and where the peaches they left behind now grow. Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change - and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won't withstand much more.

Soshe tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta's legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson's debut audiobook lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A one-of-a-kind story." - Donna Everhart

"Every now and again a powerful new voice bursts into song and begins to sing stories we can’t do without. Caleb Johnson's is such a voice. The characters and desires of Treeborne will wrap themselves around you tighter than any wild vine. And the setting of Elberta, Alabama will call out to you like a long-lost home. This novel is a gripping, entrancing debut by one whirlwind of a writer." - Alyson Hagy

"What a marvel of a novel this is. Treeborne’s sentences are taut, its situations engrossing, its characters absolutely and indelibly engaging. Caleb Johnson’s debut is a deep-dig, history-rich, story-soaked beauty." - Laird Hunt

"In Treeborne, Caleb Johnson spins an artful, intricate web of a place?its rich history and memorable characters caught and held there by stories told and secrets withheld. Suspenseful and immensely satisfying." - Jill McCorkle

"Treeborne is a remarkable first novel: poetic, funny, and populated by particular, fully alive characters. Caleb Johnson has a wonderful ear for the rhythm and diction of Southern voices. He knows how to light on just the right detail of place, time and person. Watching how the intertwined interests of the land, of the past, and of a family play out makes the novel compelling from start to finish." - Dana Spiotta

"I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book." - Daniel Wallace

"Caleb Johnson's writing makes you yearn for a place that never was. Elberta, Alabama is so vivid, so alive, you can smell the peaches ripening in the orchard." - Daren Wang

"Caleb Johnson is as much a prophet of his place and time as was Larry Brown of north Mississippi, as Cormac McCarthy of his native Knoxville, Tennessee, Marquez of his homegrown, fictional Macondo. He is ‘Treeborne.’ This is a novel born of a deep, affectionate, and wise knowledge of a place and its people, its history, and its rich and complicated wildness. And its innate tendency to recognize and heighten the mysterious and strange in the ordinary, everyday. He manipulates and maneuvers narrative masterfully." - Brad Watson


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Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Treeborne: A Novel
Author(s): Caleb Johnson
ISBN: 1-250-16908-9 / 978-1-250-16908-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Treeborne: A Novel
Author(s): Caleb Johnson
ISBN: 1-250-16910-0 / 978-1-250-16910-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Treeborne: A Novel
Author(s): Caleb Johnson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Treeborne: A Novel
Author(s): Caleb Johnson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Treeborne: A Novel
Author(s): Caleb Johnson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Treeborne: A Novel
Author(s): Caleb Johnson
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA