Birnam Wood


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$28.00  $26.04
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
6.0 X 9.0 X 1.6 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Eleanor Catton is the author of the international bestseller The Luminaries, winner of the Man Booker Prize and a Governor General's Literary Award. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Award, was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. She is also the screenwriter of Emma, a 2020 feature film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she now lives in Cambridge, England.


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"One of 2023's most sophisticated, stylish and searching literary works, a full-on triumph from a generational talent."
--Hamilton Cain, The Star Tribune

"Whooshingly enjoyable . . . A witty literary thriller about the collision between eco-idealism and staggering wealth."
--John Powers, NPR's Fresh Air

"A grand, chilling thriller . . . [Birnam Wood] grips you by the throat."
--Lauren LeBlanc, The Boston Globe

"Savagely satirical . . . Funny, provocative, and heartbreaking."

"Gorgeous . . . [Catton is] a generational talent."
--Oprah Daily

"A sleek contemporary thriller . . . [Birnam Wood] dramatizes political, technical and environmental crises with such delicious wit."
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"An eco-thriller of grand psychological and social ambitions."
--Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times

"A rare accomplishment: an intelligent and elegant thriller that is also a damn fine read."
--The Economist

"Like a Sally Rooney thriller set in New Zealand, with an Elon Musk-esque bad guy as one of the protagonists."
--Sam Sifton, The New York Times

"Complex and often shocking . . . Birnam Wood's biggest twist is not so much a particular event as the realization that this is a book in which everything that people choose to do matters, albeit not in ways they may have anticipated. Catton has a profound command of how perceptions lead to choice, and of how choice, for most of us, is an act of self-definition."
--B.D. McClay, The New Yorker

"[A] virtuoso performance: elaborately plotted, richly conceived, enormously readable."
--Kevin Power, The Guardian

"[A] page-turning thriller-slash-sneaky dystopian satire."
--Patrick Rapa, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Twisty and surprising, and Franzen-like in its rich character development and clear-eyed descriptions of social issues."
--Samantha Schoech, San Francisco Chronicle

"[Birnam Wood] will have you gnawing your knuckles."
--Lisa Allardice, The Guardian

"[A] brilliant, clever book."
--Lauren Puckett-Pope, Elle

--Barbara VanDenburgh, USA Today

"Birnam Wood is a multi-layered book . . . Catton is not just a master at spinning a web of competing philosophies, though; her characters are deeply flawed but you can't help but root for them."
--Chloe Schama, Vogue

"A propulsive thriller . . . Buoyant, seemingly effortless."
--James Tarny, Bloomberg

"A captivating novel of ideas that is also a finely crafted suspense novel . . . [Birnam Wood] will at turns shock, delight, and provoke."
--Ryan Asmussen, Chicago Review of Books

"A thoughtful, personality-rich page-turner."
--Vanity Fair