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Th The manuscript is divided into three sections by time: 1950s, 70s, and 90s. But the past always informs the present: what people remember, what they forget and forgive, how experience forms them. This family knows great happiness, and yet great tragedy befalls it, too. At the center of the book is the mystery of connection—how people form attachments, and how fragile these become in the face of loss or trauma, how some people thrive despite great loss, and others crumble under it.
The author remains faithful to the main characters’ dated opinions on war, love, the status of women, etc. She treats her characters kindly as she delves into the mysteries of memory, forgiveness, and family, while presenting the reality of loss and heartache with no sugar coating. The main characters are deeply and finely wrought. I felt as if I knew them as real people.
Like Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Late Harvest Green recreates a unique time and place. The unchanging mountains, the taste of a ripe peach, the scent and heft of the soil—all act as talismans to draw you deep into a vanished world whose riches are fleeting, and very real.
Late Harvest Green is a quiet, heartfelt evocation of life in a small town in Idaho over several generations of a farm family. Denver Johnson, the point-of-view character, is a simple man. He doesn’t lead or create, he doesn’t take charge of his destiny, but watches life swirl around him while he thinks and feels deeply about his time and his history.
The emotional focus widens as the work progresses, eventually showing the effects of the family’s past on its present. There is a deep love of history here, a love of life, and a profound compassion for the human condition.