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The result is The God Tree, the first book to take up the quest for the Golden Bough since JG Frazer's classic study in 1915.
The crest of Equatorial Guinea contains the silk-cotton tree, also known as the god tree, under which, it is said, the first treaty was signed between Spain and a local ruler.
The author of one previous novel--Climbing the God Tree (Willa Cather Fiction Prize)--and two short story collections--Dream Lives of Butterflies (2008 Independent Publisher Award) and Sex Salvation and the Automobile (Zephyr Publishing Prize)--Colbert develops a strong sense of person and place.