When you climb a tree, the first thing you do is to hold on tight…
Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, he is unable to cope. Leaving his job and his old life behind, Harry makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, determined to lose himself. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragedy—Amanda stoically holding it together while Oriana roams the forest searching for answers. And in Oriana’s magical, willful mind, she believes that Harry is the key to righting her world.
Now it’s time for Harry to let go…
After taking up residence in the woods behind Amanda’s house, Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana in a ludicrous scheme to escape his tragic past. In so doing, the unlikeliest of elements—a wolf, a stash of gold coins, a fairy tale called The Grum’s Ledger and a wise old librarian named Olive—come together to create a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana’s wildest dreams and open Harry’s heart to a whole new life.
Harry’s Trees is an uplifting story about the redeeming power of friendship and love and the magic to be found in life’s most surprising adventures.
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About the Author
JON COHEN is the author of Max Lukeman and the Beautiful Stranger and The Man in the Window. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship for creative writing, he is also the cowriter of the film Minority Report, directed by Stephen Spielberg.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How refreshing to read an uplifting story. A sweet, well told story.
Such a heartwarming read...tears then laughs. I felt great when I finished!
Harry's Trees is a very nice story. Nice story about nice people doing nice things for a change. Quite well written with beautiful characters. A thin plot but not important. Just a great idea. All curmudgeons should read this, and anyone who knows a curmudgeon should leave this on their chair. And anyone who thinks winning the lottery will solve all the problems, should read this book and re think what is really important.
Even if you took away the fairy tale charm that abounds in this book, the story is a terrific reflection of love, loss and healing. The characters are beautifully developed and the setting in rural Pennsylvania is accurately portrayed; I've walked in those woods. The author has certainly jumped on the popularity of revisionary fairy tales. Fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm TV shows and recent retellings of the old stories in new settings in adult and young reader books and movies will certainly enjoy this book. But I was drawn into the book by Harry Crane, who experiences a devastating loss and I wanted to find out how he was going to cope with his overwhelming guilt. I enjoy nature and would self describe as a "tree hugger", so I also appreciated many of the references to the nature guides and latin names for the trees that surround us. Others might not. While not essential to the story, they build the character of Harry. The illustrations of the grumm are also not needed to further the story, but they visually add to the effects of the librarian's special book. We, like Harry, are enchanted by the young character Oriana. She is the one who reminds us there is actual magic in our lives if only we open our eyes to see it. This is a unique book blending the harsh reality of grief, the devastating power of greed, the sorrow and angst of abandonment, the disastrous effects of guilt and then helps the characters and the reader to find redemption in the restorative and almost magical powers of kindness, love and hope. I was drawn into this book as if I were a young and impressionable young reader again, awaiting a happily ever after. I wasn't disappointed.
In a stormy world, Jon Cohen’s new novel is a ray of warm sunshine. Dubious hero Harry Crane can't seem to rescue himself from the loss of his wife in a shocking accident, until he meets a brilliant and resourceful little girl who is suffering a loss of her own. Harry and Oriana’s journey to redemption includes a treehouse, a lot of gold, a crazy scheme, and a village of very real, very interesting characters. The hallmark of Cohen’s writing is his ability to lovingly imbue even the most minor characters with dreams and dignity. In this book he outdoes himself with a cast of characters so real, so ridiculous, so heartbreakingly brave and infuriating that you’ll feel like they're your own friends and family. Harry’s Trees is a delicious escape from the real world to a funnier, more hopeful one, where the lines between coincidence and magic feel blurred and love promises to conquer all. If you liked A Man Called Ove you will LOVE Harry’s Trees!