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Damnation Spring

by Ash Davidson

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Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
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    Aug 2021, 464 pages

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Elisabeth Herschbach
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Ash Davidson's evocative and gorgeously written debut novel depicts a small Northern California logging town facing the effects of generations of destructive environmental practices.

Set in the late 1970s in a secluded town near California's rugged, fog-draped Del Norte Coast, Damnation Spring tells the story of the Gundersons, a family of three whose livelihood — like that of just about everyone in their tightknit community — depends on the prized timber of ancient redwoods, massive, millennia-old trees that can reach heights of more than 350 feet.

A giant of a man at six-foot-eight, stoic but gentle-hearted Rich Gunderson is a fourth-generation logger, a high-climber who scales towering redwoods with just rope and spiked boots — the same dangerous work that claimed the life of his father and grandfather years earlier. Grief-stricken by a string of miscarriages, Rich's younger wife Colleen works informally as a midwife even as she mourns her own inability to have another child after the birth of her one son, lively kindergarten-aged Chub.

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