The Ginkgo: An Intellectual and Visionary Coming-of-Age
By John Janovy, Jr
Published: 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.