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Birnam Wood / Eleanor Catton.

A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass on New Zealand’s South Island, cutting off the town of Thorndike and leaving a sizable farm abandoned. The disaster presents an opportunity for Birnam Wood, an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. For years, the group has struggled to break even. To occupy the farm at Thorndike would mean a shot at solvency at last. But the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine also has an interest in the place: he has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker, or so he tells Birnam’s founder, Mira, when he catches her on the property. He’s intrigued by Mira, and by Birnam Wood; although they’re poles apart politically, it seems Lemoine and the group might have enemies in common. But can Birnam trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust one another? A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its drama, Austenian in its wit, and, like both influences, fascinated by what makes us who we are. A brilliantly constructed study of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is a mesmerizing, unflinching consideration of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

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  • ISBN: 9780374110338
  • ISBN: 0374110336 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 424 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023.

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General Note:
Originally published in 2023 by Granta Books, Great Britain.
Subject: Landslides > Fiction.
Gardening > Fiction.
Rich people > Fiction.
Community activists > Fiction.
Farms > Fiction.
Ambition > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)

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  • 3 of 4 copies available at York County Libraries.


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Guthrie Memorial Library: Hanover's Public Library Adults CAT Fiction (Text)
Bookplate: Plated 2023: In Memory of Elizabeth Krumrine-Hubbard
34007002488232 Adult Area New Available -
Martin Library Adults CAT Fiction (Text) 33454005927082 Reading Room Balcony Checked Out 05/08/2024
Mason-Dixon Public Library Adults CAT Fiction (Text) 34262000903738 Main Room Available -
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