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Grace LichtensteinIrvine's attempt to fit in, as well as to enjoy and protect the beauty of canyon country, is the most vivid ground-level report from this war zone that I have ever read. The enemy is not only the "industrial tourism" that Abbey predicted but the area's residents, whose ancestors, Irvine writes, "developed a cultural conviction that the wilderness was an adversary of the worst kind." From the beginning, she could not get through any encounter without revealing her own apostate, tree-hugging fervor…What lifts Trespass beyond polemic and personal suffering is its structure. The book is divided into sections named for the periods of early habitation of the Southwest: Lithic, Archaic, Basketmaker, Pueblo. The narrative skips back and forth from the author's own history to those of the Mormon pioneers and the earliest natives.
—The Washington Post