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Tree Fever

by Karen Hood-Caddy


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Tree Fever

The life of fiftyish Jessie Dearborn takes an unexpected turn when a ruthless developer threatens to cut down century-old trees in her Muskoka town in order to build a condominium. Surprising even herself, she steps in front of a chainsaw to defend the trees she loves. As the fight to save the trees intensifies, a group of gutsy, quick-witted older women joins the battle and explodes the issue into the newsmedia. At this turning point in her life, a native man helps Jessie by teaching her to trust her own instincts. Passion erupts between them and Jessie discovers a middle-aged sexuality as hot as the midday sun. Like a Group of Seven painting, Tree Fever is a love affair with nature: its wisdom, raw colours and elemental beauty.

"In Jessie…Hood-Caddy creates a satisfying, utterly believable character whose personal trials recall our own...Hood-Caddy has taken on the challenge of creating literature out of an issue of deep personal significance - and the result is a rare and engaging trek across the landscape of one woman's mind and heart."
—Quill & Quire
"Tree Fever is a coming-of-age story for grown-ups. Karen Hood-Caddy brings soul, body and spirit together to defend the earth. The result will touch and delight you."
—Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians



Karen Hood-Caddy was born in Toronto and educated at Toronto schools. Although she lived in the city as a child, she spent her summers and as many weekends as possible at the family cottage in Muskoka. Her love of the wilderness and particularly of the Muskoka region of Ontario developed early and greatly influenced her entire life.

Karen currently lives in Muskoka. She still loves the wilderness and believes passionately in the importance of the preservation of our environment. The fact that she is able to live and work in Muskoka, one of the most beautiful regions in Canada, provides her with a continuing source of satisfaction and happiness.


Publisher: RendezVous Press, 1997
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-929141-53-4
Price: $18.95 CDN/USA paperback
Format: 264 pages 5.5 x 8.5 in