Prompted by the emotional loss of two friends, one a trapper and one a beekeeper, Susan Brind Morrow explores the implications of their very different relationships to the natural world. Ultimately, these two men are a touchstone for a memoir of the land itself, the rich soil of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York.
Morrow's richly evocative writing traces the connections among various realms of culture and nature, time and language, and jolts us into thinking anew about our profound relationship to the natural world.
"Lyrical memoir....Morrow's language is rich and sensuous, for she thinks like a poet." (Publishers Weekly)