Evergreen

Evergreen A BookPage Best Book of the Year It is when Eveline a young bride follows her husband Emil into the Minnesota wilderness Though their cabin is rundown they have a river full of fish a garde

  • Title: Evergreen
  • Author: Rebecca Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 9780345806710
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • A BookPage Best Book of the Year It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband, Emil, into the Minnesota wilderness Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a baby boy named Hux But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, a dangerous stranger arrives, fracturing their small family forever and leaving HA BookPage Best Book of the Year It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband, Emil, into the Minnesota wilderness Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a baby boy named Hux But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, a dangerous stranger arrives, fracturing their small family forever and leaving Hux to grow up wondering if the wrongs of the past can ever be mended Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest, Rebecca Rasmussen has written a luminous and emotionally charged novel about how one defining moment can echo through generations.

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    About "Rebecca Rasmussen"

    1. Rebecca Rasmussen

      I am the author of the novels Evergreen forthcoming from Knopf and The Bird Sisters Crown , but I am also a mother, wife, teacher, pie baker, nature swooner, birder, lover of all things oldThank you for visiting me on Visit rebecca rasmussen for info

    507 thoughts on “Evergreen”

    1. I have been trying to write a review of this book for the last couple of days and it’s just not working very well. For some reason, I found myself writing more about what the story is about than my feelings about it, which is usually what I like to convey in a review. So I have decided to just make a list of a few of my thoughts. This book is so well written that even though I knew some of what would happen, having read the description, the story was no less gripping. You can only grasp the [...]


    2. It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that novels with natural settings are my ‘thing.’ The title of this book alone suggests an outdoorsy feel. The wonderful pine trees stamped on the book jacket, the bird they speak volumes. Yet this book is SO much more than a novel with an outdoor setting filled with wondrous creatures, scents and sounds. This is character-driven fiction as its best: a story of love, identity, tragedy, forgiveness and yearning. Spanning generations of two close-knit [...]


    3. Beautifully written and a very enjoyable and evocative read. I loved the descriptions of the country and the way of life and many of the characters were just remarkable. However I struggled with the way it wrapped up. I wanted to know what Naamah was thinking (view spoiler)[when she left especially regarding what she did to the baby. (hide spoiler)] I understood her pain but could not reconcile her actions with the overly neat ending. So,a good, realistically told story which I felt was let down [...]


    4. I loved this book and can't wait for everyone else to get a chance to read it. It's definitely plot-driven and I would have liked to have seen some characters stick around a little longer, but Rasmussen's sense of space and suspense made it hard to put this one down. I devoured it and now I need to go see what else she has written.



    5. Oh, Rebecca Rasmussen, you did it again. You reached in and wrapped your hand around my heart with your lovely but heart-breaking story. I loved most of the characters – and the ones I didn’t you made me understand why. These characters leapt off the pages as did the settings (which played as big a part as the main characters). I should have been tipped off by the quote before the story begins: “Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are”.It’s a story abou [...]


    6. Evergreen, Rebecca Rasmussen's second novel, is a deceptively simple story about three generations of a family living among the forests and rivers of Evergreen, Minnesota. There are four parts, each focusing on roughly a year in the life of individual characters: Eveline Sturm (née LeMay), her daughter Naamah, Eveline's son Huxley "Hux" Sturm, and Naamah's daughter Racina Runk. As the narrative leaps forward in time from 1938 to 1954 to 1961 to 1972, Rasmussen reflects the changes in her charac [...]


    7. Another good but troubling read that explores the theme of motherhood. In some ways this has a fairy tale feel to it. A young, newly married couple live in a one room home in the woods. A happy life begins. And then. It is the and then that casts a shadow over the next few decades. The characters are bound by love and tragedy. And while the story is not a happy one it is gentle in its own way. The ending was a bit too tidy but that is a quibble and did not change my overall opinion of the novel. [...]


    8. This book was sad yet uplifting at the same time. These characters are flawed but flawed by things done to them by others and how they dealt with the hurts that were done to them. My favorite character was Lulu she was an amazingly strong woman who conquered whatever life threw at her and was strong for everyone around her, she was the kind of friend I think anyone would be lucky to have. Hux was my second favorite he had a quiet reserve and so much empathy for people.Of course it is hard to agr [...]


    9. Rasmussen got me again! Just like she did with The Bird Sisters! Another fantastic read that left me teary at its end. Now I'm left wanting more from Rebecca Rasmussen and hoping and praying she is hard at work on a new book!


    10. Two stars. Predictable storyline. The rape, the regret. The unwanted baby in a basket. The guilt. The reunion of brother and sister.Pretty much the entire story is presented on the cover (book jacket) side-flap.Predictable characters.The stoic good lil wife.The wilderness woman with a heart of gold.The cruel nun. The strong-willed sassy orphan with inner turmoil.The kind, patient yet boring older brother.The lovesick husband.The depraved logger men who sleep with teen prostitutes.* * *I kept rea [...]


    11. What a terrific book! I read this in a single day -- could not put it down. Rebecca's writing is gorgeous and the story is riveting. I loved the realistic look at how, for some people, tragedies suffered in childhood never go away, but affect the victims and those around them forever. Evergreen is a hopeful book in the end, but it doesn't get there predictably.


    12. what a story! a fable of resilience and how choices we make and circumstances we are in, affect our generations to come. it's sad, it's beautiful, and it's a moving story! so yes, I recommend this for sure!



    13. A beautifully written story. The depth of the story and the development of the characters kept me fully engrossed. A fantastic read.


    14. They were two people wanting a quiet life. So when Emil and Eveline moved to Evergreen, Minnesota, to start their married life together, they were prepared for the challenges of living in the forest. But what would separate them and keep them apart for too long would come unexpectedly and would change everything. Their story began in 1938.After the birth of their son Hux came the news of Emil's father's illness. Emil's departure to Germany would come at a time when wars were heating up, and leav [...]


    15. The story spans 3 generations, beginning in 1938 when newlyweds Eveline and Emil move from the city to a remote cabin in northern Minnesota, living without modern comforts. They have a son, Hux, but soon after, Emil travels to Germany to see his dying father. His return is delayed when war breaks out. Eveline decides to stay in the cabin instead of going to the city and living with her parents until Emil's return. That fateful decision, and a crime that occurs, ripples down through the generatio [...]


    16. I won this book through the giveaway and I am so glad that I did! It wasn't really the genre that I am used to reading so it was a refreshing read in many ways. This book focuses on three generations of women in a family that lives in the less tamed parts of northern Minnesota. All of the main characters were interesting, dynamic,and three dimensional. It didn't take long for me to become attached to all of them. My only complaint (which isn't a legitimate complaint) is that I wish there would [...]


    17. I was so thrilled to hear of Rebecca Rasmussen's second novel, and was privileged to receive a review copy. I knew from her debut novel, "The Bird Sisters," that I enjoyed Rebecca's writing, but I wasn't prepared for the wonderful treat of reading "Evergreen." Rebecca once again brings her skillful style of storytelling to a tale that includes a stirring romance, unforgettable and loyal friendships, and a tragedy full of secrets, lies, and regrets. Set in the early wilderness of Minnesota, this [...]


    18. A small cabin without running water, indoor plumbing, or electricity, in the wilderness of Minnesota is the setting for Rebecca Rasmussen’s new novel, Evergreen. In it, the young Evaline joins her new husband Emil who hopes to build their life as a taxidermist to the numerous hunters and sportsmen who live in the region’s lumber towns. Although a city girl, Evaline embraces life in the woods with her husband and, nine months later, their baby boy, Hux. When Emil learns that his father back i [...]


    19. There's an otherworldly quality to Rebecca Rasmussen's writing and it really shows in Evergreen, her sophomore novel. I loved The Bird Sisters, but it was Evergreen that tipped me over the edge and really made me sit up and pay attention. While it still had its flaws, by and large, it was one of the most thoughtful books I've read this year. While set in Minnesota, it still had a touch in it that reminded me of some of my favorite southern stories; a touch I can only describe as magical.Read the [...]


    20. The first third of this story was engaging but then as the author speeds through the next 20 years barely touching the surfaces after we "learned how to stuff a deer" in the first few chapters -- the rest just underwhelmed me. I found the balance of the book too predictable. It's bad being an orphan in an orphanage, especially with an evil nun in charge and then when an orphan finally gets away from the wicked witch the only opportunity is being a hooker in a log camp. This just didn't work for [...]


    21. Love this book. Great writing, it hooked me from page one. Eveline was very interesting to read--her struggles with daily life in the cabin was very convincing--I can practically smell the rotting wood, the taste of the venisone really came alive. After she abandoned her daughter, Naamah's experience in the orphanage was heartbreaking. Great characterization all throughout. The ending was satisfying.


    22. I am so glad I finally had the chance to sit down to read this. I love all outdoorsy reads. They are fun to read in any season, but especially when you are cooped up during the winter and miss the woods. This story spans over multiple generations of characters, each one of them is unique and likeable in their own way. There is child abuse here, so I am going to put a trigger warning for anyone that helps, if they need to avoid that sort of topic. Yes, it is very poignant, sad, but the heartfelt, [...]


    23. Great setting for a novel. The author also shows real empathy for her characters, even those with few redeeming qualities. Unfortunately -- early on in the novel -- Ms. Rasmussen turns the sentimentality up to 11 and never turns it back down. She has a habit of ending each brief section (of which there are hundreds) with an emotionally punchy piece of dialogue or a profound-ish observation, resulting in a sort of numbness-by-melodramatic-overload. "Schmaltzy" was a word that came to mind often.F [...]



    24. Great story. Easy to grab you from the first page to the last! Great character definition. Great language to visualize the story. Well done!


    25. Once I go started I couldn't put it down. This book begins with a couple beginning a new life in Northern Minnesota, all goes well until the husband is called to Germany to care for his dying father.Eveline is left with her young son to fend for herself. She does well with the help of the couple living across the river. When an inspector arrives to assess property, something happens to change her life and the life of her children forever. This is a story of strength and survival.


    26. With profound love comes profound despair and vice versa. At least, this is the theme running through Rebecca Rasmussen’s Evergreen. For every moment of happiness and love, there are equal moments of the most debilitating sadness. It is how one balances on this seesaw that dictates whether one is going to let the darkness or the light rule over their lives.Evergreen is broken into three parts; three generations of women formed by the wilderness that surrounds them. Eveline is the sweetest of t [...]


    27. Beautifully written and thoughtful bittersweet family saga spanning three generations and thirty-plus years.In 1939 newlyweds Emil and Eveline Lemay Sturm settle in rural northern Minnesota, in a rude log cabin near the village of Evergreen. Emil, a German immigrant and taxidermist by trade, receives a letter from his sister concerning his dying father. In the meantime, they have a son, Huxley, nicknamed Hux. Eveline decides rather than go back and live with her parents in the big city while Emi [...]


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