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Temple Grove: A Novel Hardcover – March 20, 2013
In Twenty Years: A Novel
When five college roommates gather after twenty years, can the rifts between them be repaired? Learn More
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"Elliott layers suspense with Greek myth, native legend, and personal back stories to create an existentialist puzzle. He offers nuanced observations of character, family, and society, lightly seasoned with a Pacific Northwest brand of magical realism."―Barbara Lloyd McMichael, Seattle Times
"Elliott provides a worthwhile exploration of the conflicting interests of tradition, commerce, and the environment. A good choice for readers interested in ecofiction and regional literature."―Library Journal
"Scott Elliott's compelling prose vividly captures the essence of its wilderness setting."―Joni Rodgers, WhatStellaReads.com
"Tribal culture, environmental concerns, and the need for work in a land where beauty won't put food on the table lead to adventurous encounters, dangerous forest pursuits, and questions . . . to take to . . . book clubs to discuss."―Trina Hayes,, Hungry for Good Books
"A subtle, brooding novel of environmentalism and human complexities set in the Pacific Northwest."―Shelf Awareness, July 2013
"A fine, timely work….Elliott achieved his goal as a novelist ― to help a reader fall in love with the natural world, especially that place perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a book worth reading, especially for those of us who already love the Pacific Northwest."―Skip Nelson, Walla Walla Union Bulletin
"A fine, timely work….Elliott achieved his goal as a novelist ― to help a reader fall in love with the natural world, especially that place perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a book worth reading, especially for those of us who already love the Pacific Northwest."―Skip Nelson, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
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I couldn't put this book down. I am a slow reader but finished it in three evenings. Being from WA state, but no longer living there, the story and imagery really resonated with me and brought back a lot of memories. It has a strong theme of man's conquest of things larger-than-man and the consequences of this conquest. Yet it talks of these things without casting judgment.
The book also interweaves a lot of the area's history, mythology, and even some local legend: Hells Angels vs. Loggers. Who do you think wins?