The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green
by Erica Boyce
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Pub Date 02 Apr 2019 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2019
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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 publicity to a small Vermont town, Daniel finds himself at odds with his heart. It isn't long before he gets drawn into a family struggling to stitch itself back together, and the consequences will change his life forever. For readers seeking the warmth of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend blended with the creative spark of Rachel Joyce, The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green explores the unexplainable bonds of family, the everyday wonder of love, and the strange mysteries life provides that help humanity light up the dark.
"Boyce’s debut is a dexterous blend of love, loss, work, and fortitude. The fanciful endeavor of creating crop circles is taken seriously by such “circlers” as Daniel Green, whose interest in them was sparked while in summer camp during his last year in high school. Seven years later, he has honed his craft of designing and producing the mysterious circles for farmers, who enlist the circlers to bring attention to their town. This is the nature of the request from Sam, who has cancer and has little time left, and his wife, Molly, in Munsen, Vt. Sam wishes to encourage his son, Charlie, to return to Vermont and take over the farm, but Charlie has become a doctor, moved to San Francisco, and has essentially become estranged from Sam. Sam’s daughter, Nessa, who has always loved working the land, returns from a year-long mushroom-hunting diversion in California, where she was able to be near her brother. Nessa meets Daniel, and the two find enough comfort and romantic potential in each other’s presence to take a road trip to visit Charlie and tell him about Sam’s health; the story simultaneously builds toward whether Daniel will complete the crop design. The process of making crop circles is intricately described, with circlers reveling in moments when their work is viewed, evoking “the perfect laugh, pure and clear.” This is a thoughtful, appealing novel about life’s endings and beginnings." -- Publishers Weekly
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This book has a weird and very cool premise, after all how many books about crop circles have you read in your life? I opened this book thinking I would get a sweet YA story about first love with quirky characters with funny hair colours. What I got instead was more in the NA or even general fiction tradition. There are love stories in this book and familial love is present all the way through but if you are looking for just one big, fiery love story then this story might not be for you. Other than the plot itself, the characters in this book were one of the things I most enjoyed, not because of who they were at the beginning of the book but because of the journey they were forced to walk and how they evolved from the beginning to the end. "The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green" deals with mortality, marriage, cancer, mental wellness, OCD, small-town culture, farming, economic difficulties, grief and addiction. The story is told through the pov of several characters and the most interesting moments for me was when the same situation was seen through the eyes of people seeing from wildly different angles or the difference between what someone though of themselves and how others saw them and read completely different meanings in the same actions. In the end my absolute favorite chapter was when the character that lives with OCD describes how it is to plow through her triggers and her coping mecanisms. One of the most positive things in this book was that no matter how hard the situation someone was in, the author made sure to always give the character a support system and enphathyse all across the bookhow important having and seeking help truly is and the reader was able to see all the difference simply telling someone about their problems and asking for help made in that characters life. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for this ARC.