IIn this quirky first novel, the U.S. Forestry Department mistakenly delivers 1,000 spruce tree seedlings to former attorney Horace, who decides to plant the tiny trees in the wild. Horace's wife begins to think he's gone mad. Into the mix come an ex-convict, who helps Horace plant the trees, and his girlfriend. Four souls adrift finally come together on a Maine island, where they discover unexpected joy in each other's company and ultimately come together as a family.
Eleanor Morse is the author of Margreete’s Harbor, the most recent of four novels. White Dog Fell from the Sky was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week; An Unexpected Forest won the 2008 Independent Book Publisher’s Award for best regional fiction and the 2008 Maine Literary Award. She is on the faculty of Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing and lives on a small island off the coast of Maine.
"An Unexpected Forest glows with life.... An honest and moving story suffused with humor." -- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Abundance and Ahab's Wife
"An Unexpected Forest is a celebration of resilience and reinforces one's faith in the risky business of life." -- Anne LeClaire, author of Leaving Eden and Entering Normal