- Publisher: Bantam Books; Later Printing edition (1978)
- ISBN-10: 0553119877
- ISBN-13: 978-0553119879
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the Trees Paperback – 1978
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It is difficult to find, so I treasure my weathered paperback copies and now this copy on kindle. The rest of the trilogy - The Fields and The Town are a must-read once you get hooked on the first novel but very difficult to find.
The other two novels in the trilogy are not on kindle. I dearly wish that could be rectified.
Highly recommended, if you can find these stunning novels.
Richter makes us feel claustrophobic living the life of the white settlers in Indian land. His characters survive from one hunt for meat till the next, and their low supply of flour prevents the mother, Jary, from enjoying her last days.
The family is kept together by older sister Sayward after a series of tragedies. Sayward has her feet on the ground, and her head in the clouds of a positive attitude. Nothing seems to bother her outwardly, and her strength only increases.
Near the end of the book, Sayward's siblings are grown up and Sayward begins her life over again, still resolutely fighting the "big butts," those huge trees that surround her.
This book is in my top ten of all time.
by Larry Rochelle, author of GULF GHOST and HOME SCHOOLED.