"Barton revels in language. I found this was a book I could stow in a haver-sack and pull out at airports, railway stations and on insomniac nights. No matter if I lost my place - any place would do! The sheer virtuosity of the author's writing can't fail to impress. Barton weaves a narrative spell that places flawed humanity into battle with raw nature. The author draws his reader into this quirky, harsh, uncertain world where men face nature as in mortal combat but know that the stakes are uncertain. Think of Barton as a kind of Garrison Kiellor of the timber world." -Brenda Townsend Hall at Worlds Apart Book Review
In 1923, the last timberjack stepped into the big woods of the Pacific Northwest...
In an effort to escape his past, Henry "Whitey" Olsen steps into his own tall tale. How was he to know this journey was foretold, that his trail was all laid out, right up to its destination? His partners at the saw help him along the way, but the trail finally comes to the place where he has only himself, his double-headed axe, and one last job to do.
The big woods cover the face of Earth and answers can be found in the tall timber. We can't avoid the questions or we're doomed to wander lost and blind in those woods, walking in circles. The timberjack searches for the answers in the evergreens - forever