Welcome to Heart Wood
Deep in the heart of a small oak desk is a mysterious legacy…
Deep in the heart of a small oak desk is a mysterious legacy that enables three family women, each writing a century apart, to connect across time to protect the future.
A powerful eco-fiction novel about what we are doing to this earth, Heart Wood introduces us to three women: Eliza, in the post Gold Rush Sacramento Valley of the late 19th Century, Harmony, a back-to-the-land homesteader in the Sierra Nevada in late 20th century, and Amisha, who lives in the dystopic San Fransisco of the late 21st century. Each woman views man’s ecological destruction of the natural world through the eyes of her time. Through the mystical nature of the family desk, they learn to connect to the women who have gone before them, and to the power of listening to the silence, holding the Earth in their hands, gathering the women, then doing what must be done.
Heart Wood – Four Women, for the Earth, for the Future is a timely, absorbing eco-novel about women, family, and the importance of caretaking the environment for future generations.
If you feel you’re not doing enough or that it’s already too late to make a difference, Heart Wood may give you hope.
“I don’t expect new authors to be so sly or quick in engaging, holding, and enlightening their readers. Whenever I pick Heart Wood up, I always regret having to put it down. Shirley DicKard is extremely good.”
Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet, essayist, environmental activist
HEART WOOD’S AUTHOR,
As a fourth generation Californian, Shirley has always been passionate about living close to the land and protecting the earth. Her first novel, Heart Wood – Four Women, for the Earth, for the Future, published March 2020, was written from her homestead in the Sierra Nevada.
Writing has always been an integral part of her work. Shirley draws from her background as a former pediatric RN and Executive Director of a rural community non-profit, and as current Editor of a small community newspaper and family historian to enrich this intricately woven story.
The Desk as Metaphor
An old family desk mysteriously connects generations of family women in their quest to protect the earth. In this video, the author asks you to consider, “what is the desk in your life? What connects you to a deeper, universal, earth-based wisdom?”
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