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Wilderness (Hardcover)

Author:  Lance Weller
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1608199371
ISBN-13: 9781608199372
Sku: 227826703
Publish Date: 9/4/2012
Sales Rank: 95941
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1T
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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 on 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.
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A first novel by a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer follows the final journey of a Civil War veteran along the Pacific Coast, where an elderly and disabled Abel Truman endures a solitary existence in a driftwood shack before hiking the Olympic Mountains, along which he reflects on the war's savagery, the people who touched his life and his hopes for redemption.

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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"[T]old with verve and sturdy, biblical intonations." 09/01/2012
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