The Ginkgo: An Intellectual and Visionary Coming-of-Age by John Janovy, Jr
Approx. 92,120 words.
Published on July 26, 2011.
The Ginkgo explores the clash between tradition and creativity. A girl from a western ranch—symbolizing tradition—comes to a large university and writes four highly personal and creative papers about a single tree. In the process, she produces a sobering vision of America a thousand years into the future, the day her chosen tree dies.