evergreen rasmussen

Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

Evergreen by Rebecca RasmussenEvergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on 7/15/2014
Source: Publisher
Pages: 352
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In 1938, Eveline and her new husband Emil leave their small town to make a home in the wilds of Minnesota, scarcely prepared for the changes  they will meet. The couple lives a quiet and happy life with their new son Hux until Emil is called to care for his ailing father in Germany. Determined to show her  strength, Eveline chooses to stay in Evergreen while Emil is away; a decision that will permanently alter her life.

Evergreen is told in four parts that span most of the twentieth century, from Eveline and Emil in 1938 through generations of their family in the 1970’s. The story is one that should be experienced alongside Eveline, with little knowledge of the plot before hand, as Rasmussen excels at fully immersing readers in her novel. Within the first few chapters, Evergreen becomes a real place with distinct textures, smells and identifiable locations. Rasmussen carries her characters, and their descendants, through the next several decades with an admirable blend of tranquil atmosphere and demanding pace.

Though some of the pieces fit together too neatly, particularly in the final section of the novel, the journey of Evergreen is a beautiful one. Rebecca Rasmussen shares the lifetime of a family, from its wavering first steps to its last moments of forgiveness, with all of the moments of grace, strength and heartache in between.

  • Ohhh when I’m in the mood for it, I love reading a good family drama. The atmosphere of this one sounds like an added bonus. :)

  • I love the sound of this one. Does the book cover parts of WWII when Emil goes to Germany to care for his father?

    • It stays focused on the town in Evergreen, but you do hear a bit of what’s happening in Germany through letters.

  • Books on the Table

    I’m looking forward to reading this one — sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  • This sounds fascinating. Is there a lot of woodsy/wild detail?

    • Yesss. Emil is a taxidermist (but you don’t get that gross detail) and Eveline spends a lot of time drawing animals from his books…it’s really gorgeous.

      • Awwww, yisssss! This sounds like my jam!

  • Tanya M

    Sounds good, I like the way you teased us with how we should experience the plot along with Eveline. I am very curious what happens to her family now!

    • It’s not like a thriller where there are twists to spoil, but I was glad that I hadn’t read anything about it before going in and was able to be surprised by some of the changes the story goes through.

  • A woman alone in the wilderness? Sign me up!

  • It seems like one I’d add to my to-read list. :)

  • Words for Worms

    This sounds lovely, and I’m partial to books set in the midwest. I may have to give this a go.