Birnam Wood

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$28.00  $26.04
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.7 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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Short-listed for the Giller Prize

Named a Best Young British Novelist by Granta
A Finalist for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"A generational cri de coeur . . . A sophisticated page-turner . . . Birnam Wood nearly made me laugh with pleasure. The whole thing crackles . . . Greta Gerwig could film this novel, but so could Quentin Tarantino."
--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Birnam Wood is terrific. As a multilayered, character-driven thriller, it's as good as it gets. Ruth Rendell would have loved it. A beautifully textured work--what a treat."
--Stephen King

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

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

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

"Kaleidoscopic . . . A gripping thriller."
--Bill Goldstein, NBC Weekend Today in New York

"A rollicking eco-thriller that juggles a lot of heady themes with a big plot and a heedless sense of play."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A sleek contemporary thriller . . . Delicious."
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Sophisticated, stylish and searching . . . A full-on triumph from a generational talent."
--Hamilton Cain, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Complex and often shocking . . . Profound."
--B.D. McClay, The New Yorker

"The clash of principles with human nature is much at play in this excitingly complex novel . . . Breathtaking."
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

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

"An ecological thriller, a treatise about surveillance technology, and a lush meditation on friendship and desire."
--Emma Alpern, Vulture

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

"Delicious . . . At once a highly inventive spin on a morality tale and a logical interpretation of contemporary ecological doom."
--Sloane Crosley, Departures

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

"Dark in both its outlook and omnipresent humor . . . A sincere interrogation of the relationship between morality and the ability to bring about positive change."
--Lily Meyer, The Atlantic

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

"Will have you gnawing your knuckles."
--Lisa Allardice, The Guardian

"Part eco-thriller, part scathing social satire, and entirely unputdownable."
--Emma Cooke, Buzzfeed