Two Trees Make a ForestASIAN ART MUSEUM
Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Along Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts
This “stunning journey through a country that is home to exhilarating natural wonders, and a scarring colonial past…makes breathtakingly clear the connection between nature and humanity and offers a singular portrait of the complexities inherent to our ideas of identity, family, and love” (Refinery29).
A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Jessica J. Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan. There, she seeks his story while growing closer to the land he knew. Lee hikes mountains home to Formosan flamecrests, birds found nowhere else on earth, and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. She bikes flatlands where spoonbills alight by fish farms and learns about a tree whose fruit can float in the ocean for years, awaiting landfall. Throughout, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island.
Two Trees Make a Forest is a genre–shattering book encompassing history, travel, nature, and memoir, an extraordinary narrative showing how geographical forces are interlaced with our family stories.
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- Author: Jessica J. Lee
- Published 2020
- 304 pages, softcover
8.3 X 5 ½ inches