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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.

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"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

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"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.

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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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Liquidsun, July 1, 2008 (view all comments by Liquidsun)
I belong to the Portland Book Club Meetup Group. Our June book club read of 2008 was this book.

It leaves the reader with many questions and many unanswered journeys as you read the book. We equated the book to the "Green" Movement. It started out as a part of the anti-culture and sub-cultures of America often neglected and laughed at. But now it is a significant part of our lives and is rarely not considered in our daily journey. But at the same time, things are often loud and boisterous in the beginnings and then over time as it becomes part of the mainstream it loses part of its voice and its vision falling short often times of the goal it originally wanted to reach.

This book has the same sense. Ben's journey seems at first to be confused and strange and we wonder if he will be able to make it in the real world. But he makes decisions which seem to be random and foreign, but in time bring him into the limelight. Though in time his own fame fades and his visions are silenced.

The questions this book poses are perfect for a book club. It stimulates conversation and provides insights in our daily lives we hadn't placed before us. It is disturbing and enlightening mixed. If this were a recipe you'd make it many different ways but come to the same conclusion.

Good luck to all who read it. And then get someone to sit and talk about it. The book is best in that setting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780971691582
Author:
Strelow, Michael
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in 13 oz

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"Review" by , "Fascinating, humorous, and wise, The Greening of Ben Brown deserves its place on bookshelves along with other Northwest classics."
"Review" by , "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."
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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.

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