Catherine Bush is the author of the novels Accusation, Claire’s Head, The Rules of Engagement, and Minus Time. She lives in Toronto, where she coordinates the University of Guelph Creative Writing M.F.A. program.
While searching for works of fiction in which non-human presences—animal, vegetable, or mineral—are as essential as human ones, I stumbled upon Hill, a wondrously strange and enduringly vital novel by French writer Jean Giono, first published in 1929. New . . .