The View from Here

A Novel

Title Details

Pages: 226

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 06/01/2018

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8347-1

List Price: $25.95


NewSouth Books

The View from Here

A Novel

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Katie Sinclair climbed up a loblolly pine just to see if she could. And then she stayed, creating a media sensation and more than a little trouble for the folks in Jones County, North Carolina. There is a lot of speculation about why the state employee took to the tree. Some think she is making a political statement about the destruction of forests for urban development. Others believe her recent divorce has driven her to a nervous breakdown.

But the truth is she’s living in a tree because she needs a new perspective. She needs a wider view of a life that had somehow become tedious and small. From her perch high above, Katie deals with the deputy who keeps being sent to try and talk her down, a brutal spring storm, well-meaning environmentalists, odd and interesting townspeople, a pair of protective horned owls, a mysterious reporter, and even some dangerous "boys" sent by a local developer whose plans demand the removal of her tree.

There is plenty for Katie to take in while living in a tree. The View From Here is her story. Author Lynne Hinton’s elegant, effortless prose shows us as if we were on the landing beside Katie what Katie is seeing and learning about birds, sky, wind, her neighbors, and other people. But she—and us with her, her reader—is changed primarily by what she discovers about herself, about grief and forgiveness, and about the true love that has been in front of her for most of her life. No reader will be unmoved by the imaginative conceit of this novel or its wise, lyrical, and empathetic telling crafted by a master writer.

What a joy to be transported into Katie Sinclair’s world, in which her curiosity and knowledge of the rare make her an inadvertent heroine. Courageous in the face of many threats—human, animal, and natural—Katie emerges as a model for the contemporary woman situated in the crosshairs of competing interests. Hinton’s prose is sure and elegant.

—Lynn Pruett, author of Ruby River

Lynne Hinton is a born storyteller, here at the top of her form, writing with compassion and understanding.

—Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

Lynne Hinton's novel about finding strength of spirit and forgiveness in a thicket of loblolly pines is the sort of book Henry David Thoreau would have appreciated. I know I did. A beautiful work.

—Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon, Slow Way Home, and A Place Called Wiregrass

Lynne Hinton writes lyrically about the kind of life we all dream of having — of abiding friendships, deep roots, and love no-matter-what.

—Philip Gulley, author of The Harmony Series

The premise alone makes you want to read The View from Here, the story of a middle-aged bird-lover who climbs a loblolly pine and refuses to come down. Why should she? She’s doing it crazy and doing it big. When the curious ask her why, she remains mum—and up a tree—because she’s not sure of the ‘why’ herself. Lynne Hinton writes this compelling tale with great and soulful skill, avoiding high dudgeon about all her themes—forgiveness, nature, loss, and love.

—Rheta Grimsley Johnson, former syndicated columnist, author of Hank Hung the Moon and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming

Lyrical and captivating. Not to be missed.

—Laura Rose Gatley, author of Grounded and Centered in the Midst of Chaos

Quintessential Lynne Hinton. Pure honey.

—Kristy Barrett, author of A Novel Bee

Lynne Hinton has delivered a delicate, thoughtful book with a great deal of heart. When middle-aged Katie Sinclair decides to climb a loblolly pine to make sense of her life, the reader gets a new view of the world. Enriching!

—Anne Clinard Barnhill, award-winning author of The Beautician’s Notebook and At the Mercy of the Queen

A profound story full of wisdom and grace from a master storyteller—an inspirational page-turner.

—Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife

Lynne Hinton's charming The View From Here interlaces recollections of childhood days of wonder in the woods with themes of protesting environmental degradation. Character relationships shine as the stars of the story. Descriptions of natural beauty and the history of birdwatching and bird habitat preservation give added depth. The View From Here is a poignant meditation on what makes the natural environment worth saving; it also shows how integral relationships are to saving human beings.

—ForeWord Reviews

The View from Here is a compelling, heart-wrenching, infuriating, and ultimately deeply satisfying read.

—Quail Ridge Books

Best-selling author Lynne Hinton (Friendship Cake) writes with a huge heart, suffusing her characters with humor, gentle wisdom, and the determination to push through life's pummelings with graceful strength and love. Impossible to put down or forget.

—Starred Review, Library Journal

About the Author/Editor

LYNNE HINTON is the author of twenty books, including the New York Times bestseller Friendship Cake and Pie Town, which in 2011 was honored both as the New Mexico Book of the Year in the Fiction/adventure and drama category and as the Fiction Book of the Year by the National Federation of Press Women. She has penned two mystery series and one collection of essays. She is a regular guest columnist in the Faith and Values Section of the Charlotte Observer and was the 2008 Lucy B. Patterson Author of the Year of North Carolina’s General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Under the name Lynne Branard, she has published two other novels, The Art of Arranging Flowers and Traveling Light. She is the founder and sits on the board of the Seven Sisters Book Awards, a national book contest recognizing women authors. Lynne Hinton was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended Wake Forest University and is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. She also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where she served on the board of trustees and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni. She is an ordained United Church of Christ minister. Read more about her at or on Facebook at Lynne Hinton’s Books. Lynne Hinton and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and New Mexico.