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A powerful debut novel set in a threatened western landscape, from the award-winning author of Refresh, Refresh
Echo Canyon is a disappearing pocket of wilderness outside of Bend, Oregon, and the site of conflicting memories for Justin Caves and his father, Paul. It's now slated for redevelopment as a golfing resort. When Paul suggests one last hunting trip, Justin accepts, hoping to get things right with his father this time, and agrees to bring his son, Graham, along.
As the weekend unfolds, Justin is pushed to the limit by the reckless taunting of his father, the physical demands of the terrain, and the menacing evidence of the hovering presence of bear. All the while, he remembers the promise he made to his skeptical wife: to keep their son safe.
Benjamin Percy, a writer whose work Dan Chaon called "bighearted and drunk and dangerous," shows his mastery of narrative suspense as the novel builds to its surprising climax. The Wilding shines unexpected light on our shifting relationship with nature and family in contemporary society.
From Publishers Weekly
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Story good, but...
Great story, kept me captivated. Some pretty amateurish writing from time to time, like something a lit major would write to impress a prof. That wouldn't be so bad if this were just a formula thriller, but Perry clearly has literary ambitions. Maybe he just needs a better editor to help him get there.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could barely put it down. I had never read anything by this author before but am going to buy his previous book "refresh refresh" as soon as I am finished this review !
Loved the way the book was written and would highly recommend this book to all and sundry ......