Thursday, August 24, 2006

Into the Forest

And next on my list of excellent female-centric fiction is... Into the Forest, written by Jean Hegland. The novel is set in a near-future that seems all too possible. The story unfolds as, in little increments, our civilization begins to fall apart. The novel follows two teenage sisters as power companies cease to output electricity, gasoline runs out, and society breaks down. Set in the woods of Northern California, the fact that their family lives 30 miles from the nearest town is probably the only thing saving them from the worst of the chaos. The book is a story about coming of age, survival and sisterhood. More than that, it is a story about finding a new place in the world, developing a new relationship with the earth. I found it unnerving, beautifully written and genuinely compelling. Random House has a synopsis here. Jean Hegland’s website is but I will warn that her website’s synopsis of the book contains some spoilers.

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