I'm trying to catch up on my back reviews, but I wanted to review this one with Pachinko. I read them one after the other (if we're only counting 'adult' novels), and I thought they paired well together. They're both big family epics specifically tied to place.
I picked this book on a whim. It's the only Chevalier ebook that was available through the library when I was looking for a new work book. I hadn't heard anything about it, and it took a while for me to get into it.
In the end I enjoyed it. I liked the parts set in California most. I found James and Sadie's story lines a bit ridiculous in the end. That's just a small part of the book so I forgave Chevalier for it. The historical note at the end is informative. While I'm not inspired to read other books about trees, if I were I would appreciate it even more.