Three Hundred Years, Two Families and One Forest: Annie Proulx Discusses Her New Novel 'Barkskins'

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Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "The Shipping News," revisits the harshness of the natural world in her new novel, "Barkskins." The book begins with the arrival of two French indentured servants in 17thcentury Canada and follows their descendants for three centuries; one family becomes lumber barons, the other impoverished foresters. Interpersonal drama takes place against a backdrop of ever-present trees, which gradually disappear in the maw of the timber industry. Proulx joins Forum to discuss her new epic and the writing life at 80 years old.

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Annie Proulx, author, "Barkskins"; won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Shipping News"