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"Temple Grove's geographical backdrop is not incidental but serves as a character itself. Knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula exudes from the pages as though they were printed from an old growth and the trees were speaking for themselves."―Devan Schwartz, The Oregonian

"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

About the Author

Scott Elliott is associate professor of creative writing and English at Whitman College and author of the novel Coiled in the Heart. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; Signed edition (March 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295992808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295992808
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Temple Grove: A Novel is a very compelling story! So descriptive--I felt I was right in the Olympic Forest--and quite an adventure story. Scott Elliott presents such an objective picture of the tensions among the loggers, environmentalists, hikers and the Native American communities that I found myself questioning some of my opinions which allowed me to be more empathetic to all sides. I couldn't put it down.
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Temple Grove is a gorgeously written, gripping, enjoyable book. I loved reading it and am left with thought-provoking themes, including the bonds between a mother and son, the influence of outside adults on one's child, and the roles of various tactics in the struggle to preserve the environment. Many sides of those and other themes are woven into the great story. Scott Elliott's writing is so descriptive that I now feel like I have visited the spectacular Washington wilderness - even parts I would never have the ability to hike. What a treat.
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For those of you lucky 13-people-per-square-mile who grew up or now live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, here's a book that might help you when struggling to describe to others the beauty, majesty, and mystery of this place. For the rest of the world, as you read it realize that the places described are real and without exaggeration. This is a story that is as beautiful and exciting as the land it describes.

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?
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Scott Elliot matches his amazing story telling ability with his passion for history and nature in his latest novel. As in his first book, Coiled in the Heart, you are taken on a wonderful journey that addresses the difficult decisions his well developed characters are forced to make in order to survive. Elliot defines their individual sacrafices as they struggle to earn a living while dealing with the moral delimas of diminishing natural resources. His extensive research provides the reader with a tremendous understanding of the mountains in Washington State and the indian culture that called the area home.
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Exquisitely written by someone who knows well the place and appreciates its
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