The most acclaimed novel of the Northwest timber wars


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"Forest Blood is a uniquely compelling fiction about core American values that are rarely touched by today's fiction.

300 pages
ISBN 0-9647066-7-9
Jeff Golden writes with compassion and candor about working class America, father-son joys and sorrows, and the changing balance between man and nature in the awesome forests of Oregon. He has painted a powerful portrait of a region in transition and made vivid the human beings who belong to it."
Andrei Codrescu
author of Messiah and NPR commentator

"This historical novel, with it deceptively simple narrator, is dumb like a fox. In a stubbornly blue collar voice, yet in dissertation-worthy detail, Jeff Golden almost lovingly lays bare the Northwest's single greatest folly since the eradication of the Indian tribes: the corporate welfare program that has all but destroyed our vast native forests."
David James Duncan
author of The River Why and The Brothers K

"I love what this man does with words. Every moment is delicious. Golden paints vivid pictures, evokes wonderful remembrances, produces knowing nods of the head, and catches me up in a thoroughly involving story to boot. What artistry!"
Neale Donald Walsch
author of Conversations with God

"In Forest Blood Jeff Golden has fulfilled the novelist's most critical function. He has managed to recreate the chaos of life--in this case the nation's most visible and complex environmental conflict--and render it comprehensible. That is a large and important accomplishent."
Michael Baughman
author of Mohawk Blood

"Forest Blood tells the story of Jack Gilliam, a third generation logger who becomes the Northwest timber war's first world-famous casualty and then its most coveted pawn, as timber companies, environmental protestors, cut-throat news reporters and self-serving politicians (from County Commissioners to President Clinton) race one another to profit from his tragedy...Jeff Golden is an accomplished and polished wordsmith able to grip the reader's attention in a literary vise that will not let go until the last word on the last page of this outstanding contemporary novel."
The Midwest Book Review

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Forest Blood tells the story of Jack Gilliam, a third- generation logger who becomes the Northwest timber war's first world-famous casualty--and then its most coveted pawn, as timber companies, environmental protestors, cut-throat news reporters and politicians from County Commissioners to President Bill Clinton race one another to profit from his tragedy.

Jack grew up in the last of timber country's country town, asking questions no one could answer and eventually walking away from timber-falling as the trout streams he loved grew muddier every year with the "modernization" of forest management. But he can't stand apart when a corporate raider buys out and starts liquidating the forests of southwestern Oregon. Environmental protestors, led by the woman who has commanded Jack's feelings since he was four years old, descend on Jack's town until the war of words, too charged with years of pent-up anger and fear for anyone to control, bursts into savage violence--and a stunning conclusion that fundamentally changes those who came to do battle.









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