"TREE" is a book that celebrates the plants, animals and people that make the landscape of the Santa Monica Mountains shine.
Here are some advance reviews:
"If trees have standing before the law, as many argue, then they might very well also have standing in historical fiction as Melina Sempill Watts demonstrates in this intriguing new novel ... Blending environmentalism, magical realism, social history, and arboreal science, "Tree" challenges ... readers to regard the natural world with new respect."
-- Dr. Kevin Starr, premier California historian, winner of a National Humanities medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize, California State Librarian Emeritus and USC professor
"When we talk about environmental literature today, we pretty much mean non-fiction -- and there are acres of important books that come out on endangered species, policy, restoration work, science, engineering, sustainability, gardening, environmental justice, memoirs -- the list is endless. But when it comes to the literature of the environment, meaning potential candidates for the great American environmental novel, since "The Monkey Wrench Gang" and "Ishmael," our shelves are nearly empty. "Tree" is a bold new candidate in this category: a dive into the imagined interior realm of plants and the animals and people who love them, into the culture, history and ecosystems of the Santa Monica Mountains. You'll read it and read it again."
-- Aaron Mair, 2016-2017 Sierra Club President
Book forward is by Andy Lipkis, Founder, TreePeople.
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