A tale of deceit and triumph set in the woods of the Pacific Northwest
Winner of the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal for best regional fiction. Ellen King Rice delivers Lichenwald,a new adventure set in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. This is a story of lichens, dementia, manipulations, and the joys of unexpected friendships.
At the edge of exhaustion, lichenologist Zinnie Fazail struggles to maintain a professional life as her mother’s mental acuity decays. Ursula Fazail insists on wandering the neighborhood, looking for a vaguely remembered blue mushroom while lapsing into the language of her childhood.
Zinnie is desperate for a health aide who can keep up with her mother’s excursions. When May Belle Pope moves in with promises to “Take care of things”, Zinnie learns that Evil can be a roommate with small barking dogs.
Having made one horrible error in judgement, who can Zinnie trust now?