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Harry's Trees

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,588 ratings  ·  845 reviews
The first thing you learn when you climb a tree is to hold on. Now it’s time for Harry to learn to let go…

Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane, lifelong lover of trees, works as an analyst in a treeless US Forest Service office. When his wife dies in a freak accident, devastated, he makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, intent on l
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by MIRA
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Laura Miller Yes to both. There are several uses of the F* word, especially by one character, and some other expletives. And sex is spoken of and done a few times,…moreYes to both. There are several uses of the F* word, especially by one character, and some other expletives. And sex is spoken of and done a few times, nothing terribly explicit, but if you’re a young or sensitive reader I would steer clear of this book. That being said, the overall tone of this book is heartfelt and charming, not vulgar or off-putting in the least. (less)
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Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

Not since Flavia de Luce in the Alan Bradley books have I been as captivated by a young girl in a novel as I am with Oriana in Harry’s Trees. There are those who will licken this book to a fairy tale for adults but it is so much more. If you want to spend some hours with a book that will make you feel good, rescue you for a while from all of the bad news in the world, I direct you to Harry’s Trees.

Harry Crane has suffered the loss of his wife in a v
Susanne  Strong
5 Incredible, Magical, Mystical Stars!

“Harry’s Trees” is Most Magical Novel of the Year! It’s a must-read novel and is simply unputdownable!

Harry Crane works for the forestry department. He is miserably unhappy with his job but is happily married to his wife Beth. He plays the lotto every week hoping against hope that he’ll win it big and be able to quit his job. One day while out with Beth, he stops to buy a lotto ticket and the worst thing imaginable happens - Beth gets killed in a freak acci
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4.5 stars magical stars to Harry’s Trees! 🌲 🌲 🌲 🌲.5

Harry Crane is 34 years old and a lover of trees. I can relate! He works as an analyst for the US Forest Service office. Unfortunately, Harry’s wife passes away in a tragic accident for which he feels responsible, and he seeks shelter amongst the trees. He wants to be lost in the forest and never found.

But fate has different plans for Harry when he meets Oriana, a young girl who is also grief-stricken because she lost her father.

Oriana is a ch
Norma * Traveling Sister
4.5 stars rounded up! Oh my! I was totally lost in the beautiful imagery of this fabulously and magically written novel!

HARRY’S TREES by JON COHEN is an engaging, fascinating, and an emotionally moving tale that definitely tugged at my heartstrings but in an uplifting and heartwarming way. Even though there was some sadness to this story it was the love, kindness, and hope that magically flowed through from the pages of this book to my very being that absolutely touched my heart.

May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

You're walking into a forest of trees....and you get lost in this novel.

Jon Cohen beautifully intertwines trauma and grief with human connection. I think what I loved most about this is the powerful message that Jon conveys through Harry's Trees. Harry Crane suffers a loss with the death of his wife in a tragic accident and lives the next year in somewhat of a daze. Amanda and her daughter Oriana are also suffering from a loss and push through their tragedy the best they both know how.

These thr
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up

There is magic in our lives if we only open our eyes to see it. It’s the magic of seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. That’s the only magic there is in Harry’s Trees, an extraordinary book that brings this message home in such a lovely way.

There’s grief and sadness, but there’s also the magic of connection, of opening ourselves up to kindness, love, and hope, of giving and receiving. A book about grief and forgiveness, but also love and joy.  It is charming and funny
Diane S ☔
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Loneliness and grief are explored in this sometimes humorous and sometimes magical, novel. Of course there is plenty of sadness, but these characters are so different, touching that there is much to applaud within. A young girl Orians, who believes in magic, was my star here. A fairy tale for adults, in fact an actual book called The Grums Ledger plays an inportsnt part. Oh yes, and I loved the librarian who without payment for her services, keeps the library open. From the symbolim, Oriana ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 magical mystical stars

There are times in all our lives when what we truly need is a little bit of magic. In the book, Harry's Trees, Harry is due for some and so is Amanda and Oriana. For you see these three people have just experienced the very worst tragedy. Harry has lost his beloved wife, while Amanda has lost her husband and Oriana a father. “There are no guarantees, except that every morning, the sun will rise. No matter what happens, good or bad, each day will be followed by a new da
Elyse Walters
Jun 28, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
Audiobook...library overdrive
Read by Josh Bloomberg
I couldn’t figure out what was the worst for me:
....the voice-narrator
....the narrative of the novel.
I ‘equally’ didn’t like either.

Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a librarian, I'm partial to any book that features a spunky librarian character and Harry's Trees features one of the most feisty librarians I can remember. Olive, the novel's librarian, is just one of a series of memorable characters living in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania's Endless Woods. The titular character, a dispirited employee of the US Forest Service, finds his way to this small town after an unspeakable tragedy. There, he encounters Amanda and her daughter Oriana, still ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My kind of novel!! And EXACTLY what I needed to read right now. It's only January; the bar is set high for my Best Read of the Year.
Kate Olson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-reads
🌳 m a g i c a l 🌳

What a special book! Harry’s Trees was recommended by Anne Bogel on her podcast What Should I Read Next numerous times, but my library didn’t have it so I waited. And waited. And magically, one day it appeared on the new books shelf and I brought it home and I read it slowly over the past week. It’s so quirky and lovely and slow and special. I adored it. It’s magical but doesn’t actually have magic in it. It’s a fairy tale but not. It’s about grief and hope. And trees.

If this bo
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harry’s Trees is not an easy book to categorize. My local bookstore checked its inventory listing and informed me that the book was designated as “a book about trees.” Harry’s Trees is no more “a book about trees” than The Maltese Falcon is “a book about falcons”. The computer’s one-word description confuses the backdrop with the story. Harry’s Trees is about the half-dozen loving relationships among a small group of well-drawn, genuinely decent people living in a small Pennsylvania town. Many o ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Harry's Trees is one of, if not, the best fiction work I read in 2017. Jon Cohen beautifully intertwines trauma and grief with the necessity of human connection. Harry Crane suffers a jarring loss and spends the next year of his life in a sort of mindless limbo, while Amanda and her daughter, Oriana, push on the only ways they know how after their tragedy. The three characters stumble upon each other, by coincidence... but more likely by fate. They fulfill deeply human needs in one another, and ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: a fair read.

Main characters are Harry, his lovely but early on, deceased wife, Beth, after a freak accident, Amanda (a new found friend of Harry), Oriana (Amanda’s daughter) and Olive, the town librarian. There are a host of others who participate in the story in one way or another, but these people pretty much are what runs it. My favorite character was young Oriana, hands down.

This is a story of realism and also fairy tale/magical. It’s a do good story, pay it forward type, intersper
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the first time in a long time I read a book I couldn’t put down. This book! How to describe it? No book compares. It’s a story of loss, deliverance, and how lives intertwine amidst it all. Cohen’s writing is exquisite! His transitions throughout the story were amazing. Part fairytale part magical realism all shrouded by a feeling of grief and loss experienced by most all of the characters. And what character development! This oddly reminded me of the movie Seven Pounds. Have you read other C ...more
Kari Ann Sweeney
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Because it’s worth it. Worth the risk and the pain. Of all the glorious enchantments of this world- spring, snow, laughter, red roses, dogs, books- love is by far the best.”
This big hearted story was such a delight. Vivid characters that come together under circumstances beyond their control. A serious of serendipitous and magical events lead them exactly where and to who they need.
It was charming, heartbreaking, hopeful and just so lovely. Fabulous writing, unforgettable char
Harry Crane lost his wife in a freak accident leaving him crippled with guilt. After Amanda Jeffers husband dies of a sudden medical condition, she and daughter Oriana plow through life trying to pick up the pieces. And when the town library falls into disrepair, librarian Olive Perkins fights to keep its doors open. This fairy tale like saga is truly stunning and remarkable, weaving all three stories together and effortlessly gliding towards a heartwarming and utterly brilliant conclusion. This ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harry’s Trees is magical and romantic and quirky and weird. In the best freaking way possible I just didn’t want it to end!!! The way that Jon Cohen writes his characters (even the less than desirable ones) makes you fall in love with them. I was totally lost in his whimsical world.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
After a year of unsuccessfully dealing with the grief of losing his wife, Harry flees to the woods and his beloved trees. Enter Oriana and her mother, Amanda, also grieving over the loss of a father and husband. Harry thinks he is helping Oriana move through the sudden loss of her father, but the reality is that Oriana is helping Harry overcome the guilt that threatens to destroy him.

Cohen is brilliant in his use of a fairy tale and a touch of magical realism to bring a gentle
and sweet message
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, kindle
I am giving up on this one at 34%. The story is interesting but I am not sure it's taking it as far as it could. It seems to be delving into a magical realism setting, but it doesn't seem fully committed. And, while the writing is solid, I just wasn't engaging in the character's dialogue. Something was just missing the mark for me. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Chris Conley
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fascinating mix of reality and magic. I love this story!!!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really fantastic book - magical, creative and heartwarming. This is a story that didn't sound great when described to me ... and I hesitated to read it but then I kept seeing all of these great reviews from people that I respect. And I'm so glad that I finally picked it up. It's a story of grief and redemption, loss and friendship, and magic and love. I can't give the story justice here ... just trust me, it's a really good read. As a side note, it also made me think of trees in an ent ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about love. Losing love and finding love. Amanda and Harry both lose their spouses on the same day. They face life after their loss differently but in many ways the same. Fabulous characters that will take you into the land of fairy tales, trees and ever watching Red tailed hawks. This book reminds us that hearts can mend. It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
Delightful read bringing together unlikely characters showing how human connection, hope and faith can get you through loss.
Harry Crane loses his wife tragically in an accident he believes karma (or the like) from his actions caused. After a year his grief culminates to where he can't stand it and he flees to the trees to end it all. A young dreamy but precocious girl, her grounded mother also a year in on their on grief interferes with Harry's plans. The three find themselves unexpectedly intw
Sherri Thacker
I was excited to start this book as I see a lot of great reviews on it. It started off good for me until I got to 21%. Then it was too magical for me and I found myself skipping pages. I just didn’t care for it. DNF for me.
Michele Karpinske
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Starts off sad but it is really up uplifting book! This is definitely in my top 10 this year!
Firstly, I fully own this quirk, but the fact that Harry is billed as being 34, having been married for 14 years in the book description and in the story, it comes out that he was actually 22 when he met Beth, which would make him 37ish when the story happens just kills me. Editing is important, people.

Having said that, this book was sweet a lot of the time and streaky other times, there were times when I winced at the characters and stories, and other times that I was fully entranced.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even if you took away the fairy tale charm that abounds in this book, the story is a terrific reflection of love, loss and healing. The characters are beautifully developed and the setting in rural Pennsylvania is accurately portrayed; I've walked in those woods. The author has certainly jumped on the popularity of revisionary fairy tales. Fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm TV shows and recent retellings of the old stories in new settings in adult and young reader books and movies will certainly ...more
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Readers who appreciate adult fairy tales, a bit of magical realism, and quirky characters might find this an enjoyable read. Despite some poignant themes, I didn’t love this. For the most part, I chalk this up to not my preferred genre. Others have loved it.
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A former critical care nurse, Jon Cohen is the author of "The Man in the Window" and "Max Lakeman and the Beautiful Stranger." Jon is the recipient of a creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the co-writer of the film "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg. His latest novel is "Harry's Trees."

Jon lives with his wife outside of Philadelphia.
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