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The Greening of Ben Brownby Michael Strelow
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Michael Strelow weaves the story of a town and its mysteries in his debut novel, The Greening of Ben Brown. Ben Brown moves to East Leven, Oregon, after recovering from an electrocution that has not left him dead but has turned him green. He befriends 18-year-old Andrew James, and together they unearth a chemical spill cover-up that forces the town to confront its demons, and its citizens to choose sides. Strelow's lyrical prose and talent for storytelling come together in this poetic and important first work that looks at how place and natural environment are inextricably linked. "The Greening of Ben Brown belongs on the shelves between Winesburg, Ohio and To Kill a Mockingbird, and readers of both will have a new story to cherish.
"Fascinating, humorous, and wise, The Greening of Ben Brown deserves its place on bookshelves along with other Northwest classics." Craig Lesley, author of Storm Riders
"With its richly cultivated and carefully tended prose, The Greening of Ben Brown is a compelling examination of community and what it means to love the land, for, as these characters teach us, there shall never be another quite like it." Gina Ochsner, author of The Necessary Grace to Fall.
MICHAEL STRELOW HAS GIVEN NORTHWEST READERS an amazing fable for our time and place featuring Ben Brown, a utility lineman who transforms into the Green Man following an industrial accident. Eco-Hero and prophet, the Green Man heads a cast of wonderful and zany characters who ?xate over sundry items from ?lberts to hubcaps. A timely raid on a company producing heavy metals galvanizes Strelows mythical East Leven as much as the Boston Tea Party rallied Boston. Fascinating, humorous, and wise, The Greening of Ben Brown deserves its place on bookshelves along with other Northwest classics. —CRAIG LESLEY, author of Storm Riders
IF THE GREEN MAN OF MEDIEVAL LORE appeared in Oregon — the mystic version of Strelows Oregon — and if the ghost of Kesey helped keep the tale irreverent but strangely tender for place, person, and our chance, then you would hold in your hands The Greening of Ben Brown. And so you do. Let this quiet mystery take you where you need to be. — KIM STAFFORD, author of The Muses Among Us and Other Pleasures of the Writers Craft
WITH ITS RICHLY CULTIVATED AND CAREFULLY TENDED PROSE, The Greening of Ben Brown is a compelling examination of community and what it means to love the land, for, as these characters teach us, there shall never be another quite like it. — GINA OCHSNER, author of The Necessary Grace to Fall.
About the Author
Michael Strelow has published poetry and fiction in a variety of literary magazines including The Bellingham Review, Willow Springs, Cutbank, Poetry Midwest, Kansas Quarterly, Sou'wester, Hubbub, Silverfish Review, Mr. Cogito and a number of anthologies. He is working on a second novel, The Moby Dick Murders. He teaches English at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and has lived in Oregon for 32 years.
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