Ash Davidson with Emily Ruskovich
Ash Davidson’s powerful, cathartic debut novel, Damnation Spring (Scribner) will strike a chord with readers everywhere, but especially this part of the world, with its setting in a Pacific Northwest coastal town which derives both its sustenance and its eventual doom on logging. A lot happens in this book of people, trees, betrayal, family, and corporate greed - Ash Davidson does masterful work in shaping and giving voice to it all.
“With its lavishly evoked, fog-bound rainforest, its sawtooth humor, shifting narrative perspectives, and testosterone-fueled battles against nature, Damnation Spring inevitably recalls Ken Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion. But Ash Davidson treads boldly beyond Kesey's narrow vision to the profit motives that exploit a brutal machismo culture, bereft of health or humanity. Most poignantly, she gives voice to the women whose lives and unborn children succumb to chemical and timber company bottom lines. Her scenes of childbirth, grief, and helpless rage mirror in heartbreaking detail the reality of families in the poisoned, strip-mined clearcuts of the Pacific Northwest today.” —Carol Van Strum.
"A sweeping family saga of love and grief and the deeply personal tragedies that occur when our planet is abused. This is the kind of novel I’ve been craving for ages. Ambitious in its scope, masterful in its execution. This stunning story, written in pitch-perfect prose, announces Ash Davidson as a major new voice in American Literature. Every page stirred my soul." —Emily Ruskovich.
Emily Ruskovich, author of Idaho, will get to elaborate on her praise, along with other comments, as she will join Ash Davidson in conversation here this evening.