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Treeborne

by Caleb Johnson

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Treeborne by Caleb Johnson
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    Jun 2018, 320 pages

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Dean Muscat

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Caleb Johnson's debut is a family saga steeped in the Southern Gothic tradition of a rustic people rooted, for better or worse, to the wild land they call home.

The Treeborne family has lived on The Seven – the local sobriquet for a seven-acre stretch of forested Elberta, Alabama land - for nigh on eighty years. However, with the nearby Hernando de Soto dam soon expected to give way and flood the surrounding area, an elderly Janie Treeborne is being threatened with eviction from this patch of the world her bloodline has claimed their own. And she is refusing to leave. As Janie tells her grandson, who is interviewing her about the family history, "me and this place is just too tangled up."

Janie recounts how back in 1958, as a girl of thirteen, she discovered that her MawMaw, Maybelle, left her own two sons, Luther and Ren (Janie's father), with little more than five dollars apiece in her last will and testament. Janie's aunt Tammy however, suspiciously inherits the entire family land and aims to sell off The Seven and use the money ...

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