Caleb Johnson

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Caleb Johnson | Assistant Professor

Specializes in fiction.

HUMB 256  |  460-7417  |

Treeborne CoverTreeborne: A Novel. Picador, 2018.

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change—and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta’s legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

  • Honorable Mention for the Southern Book Prize
  • Longlisted for The Crook’s Corner Book Prize
  • One of Southern Living's Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2018
  • One of Amazon's Best Books of the Month: Literature & Fiction
  • One of The Philadelphia Inquirer's Recommended Books of Summer 2018
  • One of Library Journal's Books to Get Now
  • One of Deep South Magazine's Recommended Books of Summer 2018

Other Selected Publications

  • "Outer Banks Refuge," Garden & Gun.
  • "The Sisters," The Carolina Quarterly.
  • "Fishing in the Outer Banks—A Living Piece of Maritime History," The Wall Street Journal.
  • "Following My Grandmother's Footsteps to Loretta Lynn's Ranch," Southern Living.
  • "A Way Back: E.O. Wilson's Big Ideas for Saving Nature—and Humanity Along With It," The Bitter Southerner.
  • "The Stories that Helped me Embrace the Rural South," Electric Literature.
  • "What Really Killed Walt Whitman?" The Paris Review Daily.