Birnam Wood

Book Review: Birnam Wood

Birnam Wood sees the return of the Booker Prize-winning author, Eleanor Catton, with a compulsively readable and compelling story about activism, the climate crisis, and deception.

Mira Bunting is a late twenty-something in charge of a ‘guerilla gardening group’—the eponymous Birnam Wood. They surreptitiously plant gardens across their city, on private property, working as a sort of co-op to improve their community and impact the planet. But when an offer to go bigger means they may be in bed with an American billionaire who represents everything their anti-capitalist group stands for, the members question how far will they go to make ends meet.

This book is *full* of characters—not just literally, but each one serving as a sort of hero/anti-hero to their own story, with their own (hidden) agendas, and ever-changing perspectives depending on what serves the circumstances. It leaves the reader wondering, who am I rooting for? Who should I be rooting for? And will keep you turning the pages until you find out.

Birnam Wood

publishedDate : 2023-03-07

authors : Eleanor Catton

publishers : Farrar, Straus and Giroux

pageCount : 432

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Thank you to FSG for the advanced reader’s copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Part social satire, part literary fiction, part thriller, Birnam Wood sees the return of the Booker Prize-winning author, Eleanor Catton, with a compulsively readable and compelling story about activism, the climate crisis, and deception. Mira Bunting is a late twenty-something in charge of a ‘guerilla …

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