I am a huge fan of Inga Simpson and her ability to immerse the reader in the story, so I was really looking forward to reading Understory: A Life with Trees. I will admit, the memoir took me a lot longer to get into than her previous fiction. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I felt that it took a while to discover who she really was and that her essence got lost in her own personal history.
However, the more I read, the more I understood the importance of Inga’s environment and the gravitational pull she felt to the trees surrounding her. It is this earthly connection that shapes her as a person and gives her the strength to meet life’s challenges.
Inga has experienced her share of setbacks and disappointments in her personal and professional life, but she writes with such honesty and reflection that her story offers a great deal of hope to the reader and the belief that things will all work out in the end.