Treeborne (Hardcover)

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Caleb Johnson's debut novel follows the Treeborne family, who for generations have lived on a 700 acre plot of land nicknamed The Seven in Elberta, Alabama. They are an odd bunch, and told over the course of these generations, we see threats to their home from great storms, local rivalries, strangers, modernization, and even from within their own ranks. With a tradition that combines family, history, and folklore, Johnson taps into the essence of Southern storytelling in a unique way that stretches the imagination. This book is a work of art, and it should propel him to the forefront of contemporary fiction.

— From Carl

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"I can't remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I'd written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can't say enough about this book."--Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

One of Southern Living's Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2018

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change--and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won't withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta's legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson's debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.

About the Author


CALEB JOHNSON grew up in the rural community of Arley, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He was awarded a Jentel Writing Residency after he received his MFA from the University of Wyoming. Caleb has worked as a newspaper reporter, a janitor, a butcher, and an arts administrator, among other jobs. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches while working on his next novel.Caleb is the author of Treeborne.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781250169082
ISBN-10: 1250169089
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English