Robin Shaw is a naturalist with a deep passion for storytelling that dates back to her childhood. When she stumbled upon a New York Times article about an incurable blight that brought about the functional extinction of the American chestnut forests, she was moved and shocked. She wondered why generations of her family living in these forests never spoke about this incredible loss and why she had never learned about it in school.
It has taken a century, but today, science and technology exist to address this tragedy and turn back the hands of time. Restoring a functionally extinct species is no small task. The goal of this debut novel, “The Tree That Called Us Home” is to share a story based on true events and disseminate that story far and wide such that every American, for generations to come, knows the beauty of sitting under a spreading chestnut tree and roasting chestnuts on an open fire.
Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Syracuse University and for years taught traditional breeding methods as a high school educator. She also had a career as a financial planner, founded Advanced Marketing Concepts, worked as a ski instructor, is a lifelong organic farmer, and was elected and served as State Representative in the Arizona Legislature. Robin has two grown sons. She currently resides in Arizona.
Be prepared for a shocking revelation that shines a light on a little-known
environmental and cultural disaster of America’s recent past:
The obliteration of the massive chestnut forests whose regal
canopies once shaded over a third of the country. It wasn’t exactly a secret,
yet somehow, you've never heard about it.....