The Frisbys have been growing money for ten years on their island farm and George has nearly perfected the art. Jane tolerates the temperamental money tree while worrying about its legality and her family's safety. She also worries about the children.
Daffy (18) is torn between careers in terrorism and economics ("How do we get from bad money to good money without going through hyperinflation?"), while 12-year-old Mike divides the world into soakers and soakees and wants to franchise the money tree.
For ten years, the Frisbys have been harvesting their annual crop, and flawless Frisby dollars have been circulating freely. Then the Secret Service takes notice, and when forensic analysis proves dollars can be grown on trees, agents begin a rapid but stealthy search for the source, a search that soon turns international.
Examining the stability of our monetary system, The Money Tree explores old money like silver coinage and new digital currencies like Bitcoin. At heart, though, this is a story of a tempestuous but loving family and its relationship to its island neighbors.
|Publisher:||Yeomans Associates Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.60(d)|
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THE MONEY TREE tells the story of a Canadian farming family with a secret--hidden within their apple orchard is a grove of trees that grow money. After a decade of hiding their secret, the Frisbys wonder if it's possible to share the wealth by teaching others how to propagate the trees, which can be "programmed" to produce different currencies. They are unaware at first that the authorities are on to them and are prepared to do just about anything to destroy the trees. One of the reasons the novel works so well is that Yeomans makes the family just quirky enough to entertain without taking away from the serious sociopolitical discussion that underpins the work. George Frisby, a former horticulturalist who found the tree during an scientific expedition to the Amazon, is naively optimistic and works hard to improve the yield and quality of their "harvest"--not to mention find a way to disguise the scent of the bills, which drives animals crazy. Jane, his aristocratic wife, struggles to create a normal home life under the most abnormal of circumstances. Their kids are right in the middle of things. Young Mike is determined to be a pre-teen Donald Trump by franchising the money tree. His acquisitive attitude puts him at odds with his mother, who worries about his moral health. Meanwhile, Daffy, his older sister, has more revolutionary aims. She's a politics and economics junkie, and she sees how the money tree could potentially level the playing field for people too long misled by governments entrenched in flawed fiscal policies. Yeomans does a great job with her setting, a small Canadian Island near the American Pacific Northwest. She populates this cool, green world with a wonderful assortment of characters. An aging hippie mistrustful of the government's interest in his medical marijuana, a hard-edged real estate developer who would pave the entire island in timeshares if she could get planning permission, and a dot com billionaire more interested in computer code than the fortune it created for him are just a few of the characters who are impacted when the authorities come kicking and smashing! I enjoyed THE MONEY TREE. It is a superbly written fable that takes on serious sociopolitical questions and managed to make me think almost as hard as it made me laugh.
A quirky tale about a family that actually grows money on trees? A creative statement about economics and the financial powers of the world? Either way, The Money Tree by Helen Yeomans is an entertaining read. The Frisby family, thanks to their botanist father’s discovery while on an expedition. Several years later and the trees, which seem to be rather temperamental, are happily growing away in a secluded area in Canada, which is interesting, because they grew U.S. dollars in a variety of denominations. Using their “crops” for good, the Frisbys lived under the radar for years, but how long could that last? Will their carefully guarded, carefully tended crops become the “root” of all evil in their lives? When various government agents question a certain “quirk” in circulating dollars, will the trail lead back to the Frisbys? As more and more people are let in on their secret, who can they trust? Has Helen Yeoman made a powerful statement regarding the monetary system, economics, and the fragile balance of modern finance? We all have said, thought, wished that money grew on trees, but have we thought about the ramifications or the responsibility of such a thing? Driven by it’s whimsical, and offbeat characters, The Money Tree is an often humorous look at what could happen if one’s green thumb had the Midas Touch. Ms. Yeoman creates colorful images with her words, putting to paper what many of us have fantasized about at one time or another! Full of chuckles, as well as some truly interesting factoids, this is a completely different take on money in the world that feels light, but sneaks in some heavy thoughts without a hitch. They next time I see a “walnut” shaped fruit on a tree, I may just pick it up and bring it home! I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite The prologue to The Money Tree by Helen Yeomans is set in the future “a few years from now” and describes how the Juniperus lucre tree, or the money tree, has become established world-wide. The rest of The Money Tree tells the story about how the Frisby family discovered the tree, nurtured it and finally distributed it. George Frisby is a horticulturist who found an amazing tree on a trip to the Amazon. His wife, Jane, has a magical voice that can soothe the trees and make them do her bidding. Their daughter Daphne, or Daffy, is a bright teenager who wants to save the world and believes that sharing the money tree is a way to do this. Young son Mike is the entrepreneur of the family who believes there are soakers and soakees in the world – and he is determined to be a major soaker. In The Money Tree, Yeomans has taken a simple idea and made it seem like a very real possibility. The Frisby family is extremely likable despite, or maybe because of, their idiosyncrasies. The dialogue is smart and interesting and provides an insight into how the money world really might work. The descriptions of the money trees are fascinating as the family figures out how to make the trees produce consistently good money that can be used to produce good results. The story line about the problems with the smell of the money kept me laughing – even as the authorities used that problem to find the family. The Money Tree takes an unlikely premise and makes you believe that it is possible.