On Sale: September 4, 2012
Featuring: Abel Truman
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Literature and Fiction Literary
Thirty years after the Civil War’s Battle of the Wilderness
left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the edge
of the continent, the rugged, majestic coast of Washington
State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his
beloved dog. Wilderness is the story of Abel, now an old and
ailing man, and his heroic final journey over the snowbound
Olympic Mountains. It’s a quest he has little hope of
completing but still must undertake to settle matters of the
heart that predate even the horrors of the war.
As Abel makes his way into the foothills, the violence he
endures at the hands of two thugs who are after his dog is
crosscut with his memories of the horrors of the war, the
friends he lost, and the savagery he took part in and
witnessed. And yet, darkness is cut by light, especially in
the people who have touched his life—from Jane Dao-Ming
Poole, the daughter of murdered Chinese immigrants, to
Hypatia, an escaped slave who nursed him back to life, and
finally to the unbearable memory of the wife and child he
lost as a young man. Haunted by tragedy, loss, and
unspeakable brutality, Abel has somehow managed to hold on
to his humanity, finding way stations of kindness along his
tortured and ultimately redemptive path.
In its contrasts of light and dark, wild and tame, brutal
and tender, and its attempts to reconcile a horrific war
with the great evil it ended, Wilderness tells not only the
moving tale of an unforgettable character, but a story about
who we are as human beings, a people, and a nation. Lance
Weller’s immensely impressive debut immediately places him
among our most talented writers.
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