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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

A Most Anticipated Book: Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Vogue, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, CNN, Harper’s Bazaar

“A glorious book - an assured novel that’s gorgeously told.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“An incredibly moving epic about an unforgettable family.” (CBS Sunday Morning)
“[An] absorbing novel.... I felt both grateful to have known these people and bereft at the prospect of leaving them behind.” (The Washington Post)

A stunning novel about love, work, and marriage that asks how far one family and one community will go to protect their future.

Colleen and Rich Gundersen are raising their young son, Chub, on the rugged California coast. It’s 1977, and life in this Pacific Northwest logging town isn’t what it used to be. For generations, the community has lived and breathed timber; now that way of life is threatened.

Colleen is an amateur midwife. Rich is a tree-topper. It’s a dangerous job that requires him to scale trees hundreds of feet tall - a job that both his father and grandfather died doing. Colleen and Rich want a better life for their son - and they take steps to assure their future. Rich secretly spends their savings on a swath of ancient redwoods. But when Colleen, grieving the loss of a recent pregnancy and desperate to have a second child, challenges the logging company’s use of the herbicides she believes are responsible for the many miscarriages in the community, Colleen and Rich find themselves on opposite sides of a budding conflict. As tensions in the town rise, they threaten the very thing the Gundersens are trying to protect: their family.

Told in prose as clear as a spring-fed creek, Damnation Spring is an intimate, compassionate portrait of a family whose bonds are tested and a community clinging to a vanishing way of life. An extraordinary story of the transcendent, enduring power of love - between husband and wife, mother and child, and longtime neighbors. An essential novel for our times.

©2021 Ash Davidson (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Many sides to the story, beautifully told

This book is fiction, but it is true in many ways. It reminded me of the conflicts that continue to this day over western lands and who should benefit from them. The indigenous inhabitants, still occupying their ancestral lands? People who make their living from natural resources, logging in this case, but could also include fishermen and miners? People who want to experience the natural wonders in state and national parks? The characters who represent all of these viewpoints are vividly and sympathetically drawn in Ms. Davidson's book, and the writing is beautiful.

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This story got into my bones.

This book is so well written. After I was done listening, it took a few days to stop constantly thinking about these characters and their lives.

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Good try

Good try, but this book was a slog. Good descriptions, but so tedious, had to skip some chapters to get through it and found I did not miss much. Narrator good.

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long slog through the mud

did not care for narration. interesting story., trouble with the voices. a bit boring at times

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Interesting read but a miserable,sad, depressing story.

Almost every character in this book is a miserable wreck. I wanted this book to end. The narration is good and so is the writing but dang I wish I hadn’t started this book. So depressing. I learned a little about logging and herbicides.

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Beautiful

Beautiful tragic story of survival and perseverance. I didn’t want it to end. Love wins.

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Not Much Story Here

I would break this book down as follows:
10% discussion of lumberjacks
10% actual story
80% dull chatter.
I just never connected with the story or the character development. I found it tiring and was glad when it was over.

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Totally Depressing, A Real Downer....

I selected this book based off the summary and the reviews. While a good story and great characters, I felt like the author could not let anyone be happy, at anytime, throughout the story, from the beginning to the end. In fact while listening to it, I became depressed and felt like I was under a dark cloud. It pushed me to finish it to be done! I did guess several things which happened ahead of times, and I agree with the other review that it was too long and repetitive, and could have been shorter. However, the narrators were all incredible!

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Compelling storytelling

Strong characters, well paced. I’d never read anything about logging but I enjoyed the story.

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Heartbreaking story that’s up to the minute

Beautifully written and exquisitely performed by CJ Wilson as Rich and the young lady who played Colleen. (sorry I couldn’t catch your name.)