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The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green

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Sometimes wonder is found not beyond the stars, but a few feet from your own front door...

Daniel Green makes crop circles. As a member of a secret organization, he travels across the country creating strange works of art that leave communities mystified.

He's always been alone; in fact, he prefers it. But when a dying farmer hires him in a last-ditch effort to bring publici
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Carolyn
Sam Barts is a farmer in a small Vermont town, struggling with drought and attracting young people to stay and work the farms. Sam is dying of cancer and in his final months has come up with a plan to give the town an injection of interest and tourism. He's engaged Daniel Green to design a crop circle that he will secretly make under cover of darkness in Sam's cornfield. Daniel is part of a clandestine group that hires themselves out to make crop circles. He has created fourteen before in other ...more
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green is a beautiful story of hope and perseverance. Erica Boyce writes with creative, poetic language. This book was so wonderful- so different from what I tend to come across these days. I loved how eccentric the entire story was and the healing and lessons that happened. I feel like I went on a journey with Daniel and Nessa as well as her whole family. It’s a story that won’t soon leave you. What begins as a delightful journey goes deep. All along the way the lan ...more
KC
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. There is a mystique about crop circles. Are they manmade or designed by something more celestial? Daniel Green is part of a highly clandestine group of individuals who design and create crop circles worldwide. Daniel travels to Munsen, Vermont after his talents are requested by a terminally ill farmer and his wife with the hopes that the publicity that these perplexing crop circles may generate will save their dying farmland and rural town. With the familiar prose of Rachel Joyce, Eri ...more
Bridget
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a great, unusual read! I hadn't known what to expect from this novel but I know that I loved its title and the alluring front cover, both of which caught my attention.

This sweet and engaging story begins with Daniel Green who has a fascination with crop circles. He, along with other members of a secret organization, travels across the country creating strange works of art that leave communities mystified. But when a dying farmer hires him in a last-ditch effort to bring publicity t
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Karen
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I enjoyed many aspects of the story, especially those related to the crop circles. The ‘circlers’ are based on a real group of people and circle-making is generously weaved into Boyce’s story. Some of the related elements are quite fascinating.

The author introduces a number of fractured and flawed characters and successfully works towards reconciling relationships and quieting demons. I did think that the book was too tedious in parts, especially during Daniel and Nessa’s road trip. A good effor
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Cori
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book's central theme was unexpected but super enjoyable. The crop circles topic was so unique but it worked well and the relationships that were built out of that were well done. The different points of views that picked up right after each other was also an enjoyable part of the book.
Without over explaining, one part that I bookmarked to reread in the future is about the pebble in the shoe. The example is a great explanation and claififier and was an important part to the book. The intens
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Linda Quinn
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel Green has spent his adult life making crop circles as part of a secret society that travels the world doing so. When he is hired by a farmer in a small Vermont town to make his 15th circle, his life is changed forever. Great characters and a really satisfying ending make this my new go-to book for people who are looking for a good read to escape their own problems for a while.
Chris Conley
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. Completely original and fascinating story!!
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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‘The farm is beautiful at this hour, before the fog has lifted and you start remembering the ways it has betrayed you.’

The small town of Munsen, Vermont is in trouble, a land full of collapsing barns and dead fields await Daniel Green who has been requested by a farmer named Sam. In a plan to bring publicity with his mysterious crop circles, Sam thinks it will be enough to get the ‘young folks’ to stick around, maybe create enough interest to br
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Seema Rao
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming ~ Enjoyable ~ Touching

tl; dr: Small farm town uses crop circles to cause a stir.

Boyce's freshman efforts starts with a young man using a board to create crop circles. A small town in New England is struggling, and they are hoping for a little press. This well-written book introduces the readers to numerous characters, told in three voices. I found the book charming but not groundbreaking. I will say the crop circles was novel, and that was what drew me to the book. That said, this book
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Chris Murphy
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The novel centers around a farming family in Vermont; the dying father hires Daniel to make a crop circle in his fields, as a last act of impact on the town he loves. The characters deal with the tough reality of their present and their past; there is love, loss, beauty, and flaws. This book has some powerful lessons and will give you "the feels" for sure. The characters draw you in; despite the surreal setting of crop circles, it all feels *very* real.

I loved many parts of this book; picking o
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Karen
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What an absolute gem of a book. This story took me a while to get into, I kept reading a few pages at a time and not really connecting with it but I finally sat down today to give it a full hour and I was sucked right into the story.

This is one of my favorite kind of novels. There's some plot but really what carries the novel is the rich, layered, 3-dimensional characters. The story is told in rotating chapters from three different characters' points of view. And they all felt real, com
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Nan Williams
I appreciate the opportunity to read an advanced digital copy of this book and wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for that in exchange for an honest review.

I also appreciate the impetus to learn more about crop circles and the people (not aliens!) who made them. Yes, I remember back to the 70s when they began to appear and were quite a mystery and a hot news topic.

The format of the book was difficult for me. Each chapter was written in the first person by a different person – probably 8 o
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R.L. Maizes
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to get an Advance Review Copy of this book. It’s a moving story, beautifully told, about family and love and friendship, about a dying town and way of life, and the young man who’s recruited to save them. Pick it up. You’ll be so glad you did.
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Nov 27, 2018 is currently reading it
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Anne
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I am only giving this interesting novel 3 stars because several times throughout the book, the story was bogged down with way too many details. However, the necessary details were beautifully written and I could feel the love, the joy, the anguish, the sorrow most keenly, of many of the characters. I felt that the story lagged when the attention was turned to the history of the making of the crop circles, and of the storyline that involved Ray, as well as Daniel's past girlfriend.

Thank you to Ne
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Katherine Riley
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green is an enchanting and moving novel about beautiful, flawed people in a beautiful, flawed place. Boyce deftly weaves together the threads of half a dozen struggling lives, all within the setting of one small struggling farming town. Boyce is a wonderful, intimate writer, imbuing each page with deepening tension and an emotional resonance reminiscent of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge.
Lizabeth Tucker
In a desperate attempt to attract possible future farmers to Munsen, Vermont, dying farmer Sam Barts hires Daniel Green to make a crop circle on his property. Daniel's presence in Sam and Molly's lives is a factor, along with Sam's cancer, in bringing families together, both blood and chosen. Secrets are revealed, old hurts rehashed and somewhat resolved, and love is rediscovered.

This was given to me by the fill-in conciliator of the library Book Swap group where we get to pick through ARCs rece
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Jenn Belden
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
This is a story about crop circles – yes, those otherworldly designs that appear in fields of corn or wheat. This plot line provides the basis for a greater story both Daniel Green, the crop circler, and the family he creates it for.

This is ultimately a story about family and forgiveness. There’s a bit of symbolism in the design that Daniel creates, where circles intersect and overlap each other, just as the stories overlay and intersect each other. As such, the story is told from multiple poin
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Lori
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad that I took a chance on reading an advance copy of this debut novel; I absolutely loved it. It was beautifully written, and I liked everything about it. The crop circles provided a unique plotline, and I enjoyed learning about them. The story dealt with many issues including terminal illness and its effect on the whole family, chronic psychological problems, infidelity, and parent-child relationships. I liked the narration switching among the characters; I think it helped the reader ...more
Richard Becker
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting story about Daniel, a young man who travels around the country doing crop circles for farmers etc. He is about to do his 15th, a significant number in the wider "circlers" group.

We find out about Daniel's family, background and life. he comes to do a circle for a farmer in Vermont. He becomes quite close to the farmer's family. We find out about the cancer the farmer is dealing with, his wife's infidelity years before, the father's estrangement from his gay son, and his da
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Rachel
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book quickly and really enjoyed the relationships between the characters. I felt for Nessa on so many levels throughout the book and probably identified with her the most. I also felt invested in the marriage of Sam and Molly. Besides Nessa, their marriage was one of my favorite aspects of the story, I love the way the author provided back story on their marriage and the way they loved each other. Boyce did a great job fleshing out each of the characters and make them relatable.

The c
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Susan
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Whenever you read a book, your perspective of the story and characters are impacted by your own life. For me, the central event, a man dying of cancer asking Daniel to create a crop circle on his farm, hit home a little too much. My wonderful dog is dying of cancer, making the reading of Sam's story a little bittersweet. Additionally, the title is rather misleading. Daniel may be one of the characters in this book, but he is not the only one. Even the chapters are written from different points o ...more
Neonila
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love you like a sickness, I think. I love you in my bones.

This book had me crying like a little baby. There were times when I had to put my phone down and stop reading because I couldn't take it. My eyes were blurred with tears and I couldn't see anything. I feel like I survived reading this book with only half my soul left.

This book dealt with everyday things while introducing new and interesting aspects, which was very fascinating. The characters felt so real and I was hurting for every sin
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Kristine
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green by Erica Boyce is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late March.

Multiple ongoing stories from different narrators: Daniel Green (who creates custom crop circles for American farmers, musing on people who believe in the circle’s otherworldly origins), Molly (coming to terms with the slow death of her husband, Sam, by cancer, setting aside every one of her other plans), and Vanessa (‘Nessa,’ Molly and Sam’s daughter who’d moved to California, returns often wi
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Resi Cullen
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
**I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion from netgalley.com and the author.**

I have read my fair share of books and I’ve also already reviewed a lot of books that I got given by the author. But „The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green“ really stands out to me. Erica Boyce has a way with words like no other. The description of her characters will pull you in and keep you interested throughout your read (which will not take you too long as you won’t be able to put the book do
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Chloe
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book as an E-ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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While I enjoyed the underlying aspects of the story, I did not love this book as much as I hoped. It is a story told from multiple perspectives, and all characters working through inner demons and how they overcome them. Through this storyline there were many heart warming moments of forgiveness and redemption, along with many heartbreaking moments that truly made you feel for the characters. So, while the characters
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Dan
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book, about community and extended family, falling in love and mourning, and loss and acceptance and joy.

Boyce's debut novel showcases her impressive talent. The story is told by a trio of narrators, their experiences touching and overlapping, unique yet connected, weaving together like a spiral of circles pressed into a field of cornstalks.

It would be easy for one voice or another to dominate, but they don't. Instead they harmonize and support each other. Small details of
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Kim McGee
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can crop circles save a small town from going under? One farmer in Vermont thinks the publicity from a secret crop circle will do just that and he is running out of time. Daniel is running from his past and moving from town to town creating these secret crop circle masterpieces is just what he needs to not have to deal with the real issues. Nessa is running from her own demons and trying to bring together her family before her dad dies. Everything comes full circle when Daniel meets Nessa and ga ...more
Gabi Coatsworth
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you keep putting down so it will last longer. Or you read it all in one go. I stretched it out, and will probably read it again, because it's wonderful. So well written, and the emotional understanding the author brings to the characters belies her youth. It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. The themes encompass the struggle between rural and urban existence, acceptance of others, the revelation of secrets that can mar relationships but that forgiveness can ...more
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Erica has been writing since she was in third grade. She wrote an illustrated story about an awkward encounter between a Thanksgiving turkey and a hunter and never looked back. Since then, she's written angsty poetry in high school, angsty short stories as an English/Creative Writing major at Dartmouth College, less-angsty legal memos as a student at Harvard Law School, and her first novel, a spec ...more