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Author: Jean Hegland Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781490691459
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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 thirty 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written and often profoundly moving.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “From the first page, the sense of crisis and the lucid, honest voice of the…narrator pull the reader in…A truly admirable addition to a genre defined by the very high standards of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hegland writes with clarity of events and emotions, and Elliott’s reading is always powerful yet understated. A world the listener can hardly imagine becomes vivid through the author’s prose and Elliott’s ability to portray the emotions of both sisters. She creates a powerful, memorable visit to a very different reality.”


  • “Mesmerizing…Hegland’s sweet and sadly elegiac tale is an engrossing coming-of-age adventure.”


  • “A work of extraordinary power, insight and lyricism, Into the Forest is both an urgent warning and a passionate celebration of life and love.”

    Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

  • “Beautifully written.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jean Hegland is the author of The Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy. She lives with her husband and three children in northern California on fifty-five acres of second-growth forest. She is at work on her next novel, which explores the issues of motherhood.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration.