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ISBN13: 9780553379617
ISBN10: 0553379615
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Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.

Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.

Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.

Review:

"[M]esmerizing....Hegland's sweet and sadly elegiac tale is an engrossing coming-of-age adventure." Whitney Scott, Booklist

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"[A] beautifully written and often profoundly moving novel." San Francisco Chronicle

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"A work of extraordinary power, insight and lyricism, Into the Forest is both an urgent warning and a passionate celebration of life and love." Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

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"From the first page, the sense of crisis and the lucid, honest voice of the...narrator pull the reader in....A truly admirable addition to a genre defined by the very high standards of George Orwell's 1984." Publishers Weekly

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"This beautifully written story captures the essential nature of the sister bond: the fierce struggle to be true to one's own self, only to learn that true strength comes from what they are able to share together." Carol Saline, co-author of Sisters

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"Jean Hegland's sense of character is firm, warm, and wise....[A] fine first novel." John Keeble, author of Yellowfish

Synopsis:

This deeply felt story of two sisters struggling to survive amid the collapse of technology and society is at once a classic tale of mythic proportions--and a modern myth with a timely message. "Beautifully written and often profoundly moving".--"San Francisco Chronicle".

About the Author

Jean Hegland is the author of The Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy.  She lives with her husband and three children in northern California on fifty-five acres of second-growth forest.  She is at work on her next novel, which explores the issues of motherhood.

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HappySnaps, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by HappySnaps)
Into the Forest is one of those books that stays with you long after you've finished reading. It gets you to thinking about your own will to survive, and how you would fare if you found yourself in the same situation as the sisters in the book. What would you do? How well would you survive without having any modern conveniences? Recent natural disasters in the world have shown the importance of being prepared to take care of ourselves and our loved ones when our "normal" way of life is completely disrupted. This book is definitely food for thought.
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raevyn, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by raevyn)
One of my favorite books of all time! I keep a spare copy as a loaner, I love it so much.
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meema2121, July 15, 2009 (view all comments by meema2121)
i simply cannot rave enough about this book. It's simply stunning. The juxtaposition of the two sisters and what they experience is deeply intimate and heart felt. This book will move you in ways you never thought possible, and give you a new sense of humanities greatest and worst attributes. This is a book everyone can read and find a connection in.
A Classic!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553379617
Author:
Hegland, Jean
Publisher:
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Wilderness survival
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Bildungsroman.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 510
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.22x5.24x.55 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group - English 9780553379617 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[M]esmerizing....Hegland's sweet and sadly elegiac tale is an engrossing coming-of-age adventure."
"Review" by , "[A] beautifully written and often profoundly moving novel."
"Review" by , "A work of extraordinary power, insight and lyricism, Into the Forest is both an urgent warning and a passionate celebration of life and love."
"Review" by , "From the first page, the sense of crisis and the lucid, honest voice of the...narrator pull the reader in....A truly admirable addition to a genre defined by the very high standards of George Orwell's 1984." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This beautifully written story captures the essential nature of the sister bond: the fierce struggle to be true to one's own self, only to learn that true strength comes from what they are able to share together."
"Review" by , "Jean Hegland's sense of character is firm, warm, and wise....[A] fine first novel."
"Synopsis" by , This deeply felt story of two sisters struggling to survive amid the collapse of technology and society is at once a classic tale of mythic proportions--and a modern myth with a timely message. "Beautifully written and often profoundly moving".--"San Francisco Chronicle".
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