Rakestraw Books presents Eleanor Catton with Justin Torres

Sunday, 12 March 2023 at 2 PM (PST) / IN CONVERSATION with JUSTIN TORRES

Eleanor Catton, Birnam Wood

The Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries brings us Birnam Wood, a gripping thriller of high drama and kaleidoscopic insight into what drives us to survive.

Birnam Wood is on the move . . .

A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass on New Zealand’s South Island, cutting off the town of Thorndike and leaving a sizable farm abandoned. The disaster presents an opportunity for Birnam Wood, an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. For years, the group has struggled to break even. To occupy the farm at Thorndike would mean a shot at solvency at last.

But the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine also has an interest in the place: he has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker, or so he tells Birnam’s founder, Mira, when he catches her on the property. He’s intrigued by Mira, and by Birnam Wood; although they’re poles apart politically, it seems Lemoine and the group might have enemies in common. But can Birnam trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust one another?

A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its drama, Austenian in its wit, and, like both influences, fascinated by what makes us who we are. A brilliantly constructed study of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is a mesmerizing, unflinching consideration of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

Rakestraw Books is thrilled to be working with our friends at some other independent bookstores to present a terrific virtual event -- via Zoom -- with Eleanor Catton on Sunday, 12 March 2023 at 2 PM (PST). For this special event, Catton will be joined in conversation by award-winning novelist Justin Torres (We The Animals). Please make your reservations in advance by clicking HERE.

Event date: 
Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
via Zoom
Danville, CA 94526
Birnam Wood: A Novel By Eleanor Catton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374110338
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2023

We The Animals: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547844190
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Published: Mariner Books - September 11th, 2012