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

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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Joelle Fraser graduated from the University of Hawaii and has MFAs from Eastern Washington University and the University of Iowa. A two-time MacDowell Fellow, Fraser's award-winning work has appeared in many literary journals, including Hawaii Pacific Review, High Desert Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, and The Iowa Review. Her first book, The Territory of Men: a Memoir was published in 2002 by Random House, and Kirkus called it a beautifully crafted debut, declaring that Fraser was a writer worth keeping an eye on.


Praise for The Forest House

[Fraser's] poignant, heartbreaking struggle to find her way in a life she never planned to be living transcends her personal story to encompass all who find themselves at unexpected, and often lonely, crossroads . . . Her thoughtful, sincere, and generous chronicle will especially appeal to newly single parents. --Booklist

Fraser soulfully evokes the year she spent in an isolated forest retreat recovering from the trauma of divorce and exploring the inner landscape of her heart...A poignant study of gratitude for the simple life. --Kirkus

I turned to The Forest House every night before I went bed, wanting to drift off to sleep with the smell of the tall pines, the call of the ravens, the beauty of big skies coursing through my body, and wake up renewed, healed. As evocative and imagery-dense as poetry, The Forest House is the story of coming to life again after a devastating divorce, through silent communion with old-growth trees and investing love in the broken and homeless animals who grace her path. This is the story of a woman braving a courageous choice--to live in a way that feels true--set against a sensual verdant landscape. As redeeming and soul cleansing as a long walk through a welcoming forest.--Alison Singh Gee, Where the Peacocks Sing: A Prince, a Palace and the Search for Home

I adore The Forest House. It's a moving and tender sequel to her acclaimed first memoir, The Territory of Men. The harsh realities of her own life have made Fraser a compassionate observer and a resourceful mother in a wild beautiful place at the very edge of her world. Here at this unstable equilibrium of nature and civilization, of dissolution and reconstruction, she builds a fortress for herself and her young son. Here is a story about starting over from scratch and learning how to build a fragile life together without losing sight of all that is beautiful. A wise and sweet telling of a year in a little house in the forest. --Andrew Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala