The Language of Trees (The Daybreak Series #3) (Paperback)

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The inhabitants of Daybreak, a quiet 19th-century utopian community, are courted by a powerful lumber and mining trust and must search their souls as the lure of sudden wealth tests ideals that to some now seem antique. And the courtship isn't just financial. Love, lust, deception, ambition, violence, repentance, and reconciliation abound as the citizens of Daybreak try to live out oft-scorned values in a world that is changing around them with terrifying speed.

About the Author

Steve Wiegenstein is the author of Slant of Light (2012) and This Old World (2014). Slant of Light was the runner-up for the David J. Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction, and This Old World was a shortlisted finalist for the M.M. Bennetts Award in Historical Fiction. Steve grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and worked there as a newspaper reporter before entering the field of higher education. He now lives in Columbia, Missouri. Visit him online at 

Praise For…

"In Steve Wiegenstein's new novel, The Language of Trees, a stunning balance of love and power occurs, between women and men, between wilderness and human ambition, and between the varied machinations of the body and the multivalent clarion of the spirit borne by those who people this fine work of historical fiction.  The Language of Trees is aware of transcendent love, wise and clear-eyed with regard to human greed, and thrilling in its descent into both and emergence into greater life." — Shann Ray, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and American Book Award winning author of American Copper, Balefire, and American Masculine

"At thirty, the utopian community of Daybreak, Missouri, again faces challenges from outside and within. Capitalist industry threatens Daybreak’s communal principles—and its lands. Buried passions roil the town’s calm façade; the few remaining founders struggle to retain their vision of a better world; and nature itself resists the assault of miners and loggers. In The Language of Trees, third in the Daybreak Series, Steve Wiegenstein explores, with a deft touch and an unerring sense of the rhythms of nineteenth-century life, the intertwined fates of a complex and delightfully human cast of characters." — C. P. Lesley, author of The Swan Princess and other novels

“What an Ozarks miracle Steve Wiegenstein  has conjured in Daybreak—a communal hamlet, then a utopian community nearly as intricate in its generations and personalities as Stay More or West Table! Yet Daybreak seethes with its own raw idealisms, yearnings, ambitions, and loves. In The Language of Trees you will fall head over heels for Josephine Mercadier. And like Ozarks heroines in those unforgettable, fabled places she, and Daybreak, will ever be inviting you back.” — Steve Yates, author of The Legend of the Albino Farm, the Knickerbocker Prize-winning Sandy and Wayne, and the Juniper Prize-winning Some Kinds of Love: Stories

Product Details
ISBN: 9781943075386
ISBN-10: 1943075387
Publisher: Blank Slate Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 214
Language: English
Series: The Daybreak Series