Into the Forest

by Jean Hegland

Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse aroundthem.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.79 out of 5
  • Published September 1st 1998 by Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Original Title: Into the Forest
  • ISBN: 0553379615 (ISBN13: 9780553379617)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Nominee for Fiction (Finalist) (1997)
  • James Tiptree Jr. Award Nominee for Longlist (1996)

Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.