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The Forest House: A Year's Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss, and Starting Over

The Forest House A Year s Journey Into the Landscape of Love Loss and Starting Over Following divorce Fraser resolves to stay in the small mountain town where her son s father lives but it soon proves too claustrophobic She finds relief a world away in a small house up a winding ro

  • Title: The Forest House: A Year's Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss, and Starting Over
  • Author: Joelle Fraser
  • ISBN: 9781619021136
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following divorce, Fraser resolves to stay in the small mountain town where her son s father lives, but it soon proves too claustrophobic She finds relief a world away in a small house up a winding road tucked so far into the forest one forgets it is technically still in town It s in this small and remote forest house, both buffered and enveloped by endless wilderness, wFollowing divorce, Fraser resolves to stay in the small mountain town where her son s father lives, but it soon proves too claustrophobic She finds relief a world away in a small house up a winding road tucked so far into the forest one forgets it is technically still in town It s in this small and remote forest house, both buffered and enveloped by endless wilderness, where she slowly rebuilds.The life she carves out for herself and son Dylan is harsh at times and lyrical at others The physical landscape feeds her with its trees and animals, firewood, barbed wire and rugged unforgiving demands while her internal self brims over with favorite passages culled from beloved books and also with immense guilt about pulling her son into the confusing and messy reality of divorce Of course, it is complicated reflection, as our lives often are No moment of reveling goes unpunished by self reproach how dare she be happy for the quiet afforded her when Dylan is with his dad Is it okay to be happy Shouldn t she be sadder And her past is not past at all Her history and the history of her family are very much alive in her, and memories crop up unbidden, providing hints of explanation, that both prop her up and damn her It is when all these gremlins hound her that she turns to what is outside her door.This is a literary gem for anyone who has navigated the treacherous waters of loss and rebuilt a life, for those who love an expanse of sky, and for those who carry books in their mind.

    • Free Read [Memoir Book] ☆ The Forest House: A Year's Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss, and Starting Over - by Joelle Fraser ✓
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    1. Joelle Fraser, college writing professor in the Sierras, starts her memoir rather in media res, having left her husband and moved to an isolated cabin. We follow her explorations of how she got to this point and what she learns from her newly regained independence, an independence half empty because she realizes her ache for her son, who spend half his days with his father, destroys the peace she hoped to find. At various points, family members, including her invalid mother, come to say with her [...]

    2. I read Joelle's first book The Territory of Men years ago, and while her life was very different from mine, the depth of awareness with which she wrote touched a piece of my core. Her next book The Forest House is written with the same sense of knowing, but also with the poignancy of someone living on the edge--the edge of her wits, raising her young son of whom she has half custody in an isolated cabin deep in the woods, not knowing how she will make ends meet, how she can forge a career in the [...]

    3. After a divorce and a shared custody arrangement, Joelle takes her young son and moves to the very edge of the town where she had previously lived. It was a small house in the forest, far enough away from everyone where she could heal and learn to adjust to her new life. Many experiences later, the cold, the snow, things she had to learn to manage herself she is feeling stronger. Some good things happen and then more bad but she learns a great appreciation for nature and a simpler life. I liked [...]

    4. After reading a few pages of The Forest House I could no longer read it inside my house. This book literally made me want to be closer to nature. I realized the outdoors heals even when we don't pay explicit attention to our wounds. Aside from the serene story I have great respect for the time the author takes to lay out the story. She choose simplicity, the repetition of detail and imagery to get her story and message across, impressive craftsmanship.

    5. I liked this book, and would want to re-visit it from time to time for those things that resonated with me. Loved the references to similar books, as well as the intros to each chapter from nature books.

    6. This will be a five star book on lots of my friends' shelves. I would recommend it to anyone who has gone through or is going through a divorce. I find the author to be a strong and respectable woman (who probably doesn't give herself enough credit in many aspects of her life)and I think we'd be friends if we ever met. We'd love to sit on her porch or venture into that mountainside. I like her independent spirit and introspective soul.Favorite passages:p. 44) That night I dreamed of my grandmoth [...]

    7. ***DIDN'T FINISH*** A quiet book, easy enough reading, not fast paced. I definitely didn't dislike it, I could identify enough with her, but I just didn't like it enough to stay with it through the end. If I were the author I would hate people like me!

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed Fraser's style of writing, she has a lovely way with words. Do not be put off by the subtitle as "loss" is not necessarily what you might think she refers to.

    9. I so dislike Goodread's STAR rating. It doesn't allow for complexity. That I wouldn't give it 5 stars like The Old Man and The Sea or To A God Unknown, doesn't mean I didn't completely enjoy it for what it was, a memoir of loss, love, and healing. I particularly enjoyed how the epigraphs at the start of each chapter connected Fraser's wilderness surroundings to what was going on in her life - I noticed one reviewer hated them, and such is the subjectivity and beauty of all art. I too am a writer [...]

    10. Lovely book. I particularly enjoyed how the author incorporated quotes from various other texts in her writing.

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