A powerful, heartrending novel about a man on the run from himself—by Governor’s General Award–winning author Kate Pullinger.
On a rain-soaked Vancouver sidewalk in 1995, a homeless man fights for breath. Forest Green is the story of how he ended up there.
Arthur Lunn is a golden boy who spends long summer days roaming the hills and swimming in the lakes of the Okanagan Valley. But the Great Depression is destroying lives, even in Art’s remote and bucolic hometown. Soon, Art finds himself caught up in a battle between the town and the vagrants flowing through it, and before long the tension reaches a boiling point.
A catastrophe follows—and changes everything. The trauma from this event shapes and haunts Art’s life moving forward, from his experiences as a soldier in World War Two to his reckless, nomadic working days in logging camps across British Columbia to his turbulent relationship with his one great love—a woman he cannot believe he deserves.
Painful, poignant, yet full of hope, Forest Green explores how trauma can warp our lives while love can help us to mend.