Praise for City in a Forest


City in a Forest received a Gold award in the Florida Writers Association 2020 Royal Palm Literary Awards -- mainstream or literary book-length published fiction.


City in a Forest was also named a Distinguished Favorite in the contemporary novel category of the 2019 NYC Big Book Awards. (Review titles.)

Kirkus Reviews

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"A laudable story with robust female characters and skillfully woven themes of race and gender." (Read more.)


"Ginger Pinholster, a master of significant detail, weaves her struggling characters' pasts, present, and futures into a breathtaking, beautiful novel in CITY IN A FOREST." (IndieReader Approved / 4.8 / Read more.)

Book Blurbs

"I completed the reading of Ginger Pinholster's City in a Forest with the sense of gladness that always comes with discovering a new and talented writer ... Her use of language often begs for the awe of re-reading. The plotting stays in focus. The tease of turning another page never falters. Recommended? Absolutely."

Terry Kay, To Dance with the White Dog / The Book of Marie

City in a Forest engages us in the myriad ways that our ideas of home can keep us down, and lift us higher. An observant, compassionate debut.”  

Jessica Handler, The Magnetic Girl

"Ginger Pinholster’s first novel, with her insightful knowledge of downtown Atlanta, and of time and history passing, and of life itself, will make you proud of her effort and her talent."

John Logue, Boats Against the Current   


City in a Forest is a compelling novel addressing the complexities of racial inequities, friendship, child sexual abuse, and privilege intertwined with differing desires for a piece of land in Atlanta. Pinholster’s lush descriptions and artful imagery enhance her skills in weaving distinct multiple narratives.”

Libby Ware, Lum

Author's Reading Review

"This is a character-driven novel with a delightful, descriptive understanding of specific individuals ... While the plot of the novel twists like a kudzu vine and keeps the reader guessing, the heart of the novel is its memorable characters, characters that will tug at the readers' memories, good or bad, of real people in their own lives." (Read more.)