Winner of the 2020 World Fantasy Award!
From Astounding Award and Crawford Award Finalist Emily Tesh
An ALA RUSA Reading List Selection
"A true story of the woods, of the fae, and of the heart. Deep and green and wonderful.”—New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik
There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.
When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.
Praise for Emily Tesh's Silver in the Wood
"A wildly evocative and enchanting story of old forests, forgotten gods, and new love. Just magnificent."—Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
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Tesh's exhilarating debut novel puts a queer spin on the Green Man myth, set in a time and place resembling Victorian England. Reclusive, taciturn Tobias Finch has spent over 400 years caring for Greenhollow Wood, with only his cat and dryads for company. Then attractive Henry Silver appears at his door, dripping wet. Tobias recognizes him as the new owner of the woods; Henry flirts with him, but Tobias avoids reciprocating. The two grow closer, however, when Tobias convalesces in the manor house after being shot by a young man. Tobias learns that Henry is an amateur folklorist collecting local legends, including stories of a wild man who roams the woods in summer and abducts handsome young men who are never seen again. As Henry learns more about these tales and the gruesome history behind them, he puts himself in grave danger that will test Tobias's loyalties. Tesh's characters and mythology are exquisitely crafted, including Henry's assertive mother, a "practical folklorist" (monster hunter) who bucks the gender conventions of the time period. This fresh, evocative short novel heralds a welcome new voice in fantasy.