Kristel Derkowski

Six Million Trees is an extraordinary account of what it's like to work as a tree planter, replanting the clear-cut forests of northern Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritimes. In equal parts bleak yet funny, and always brutally realistic, Six Million Trees follows the author and her companions as they battle blackflies, blizzards, and broken bones, persevering through isolation and desperation and moving on to solidarity and healing. Derkowski first became a tree planter because of the money, but returned to the bush again and again because of something else she found -- a sense of meaning beyond the cookie-cutter conformity of modern life.

5 X 8, 248 pp, paperback, $19.95 CDN / $17.00 US

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