For readers of Amanda Coplin and Chris Bohjalian, " In Wilderness" is a suspenseful and literary love story--a daring and original novel about our fierce need for companionship and our enduring will to survive.
In the winter of 1966, Katherine Reid receives a shattering diagnosis. Debilitated by a terminal and painful illness, Katherine moves to an isolated cabin deep in Georgia's Appalachian Mountains. There, with little more than a sleeping bag, a tin plate, and a loaded gun, she plans to spend the few short months remaining to her in beautiful but desolate solitude. Her isolation brings her peace, until the day she realizes the woods are not as empty as she believed. A heartbeat in the darkness. Breathing in the night. Katherine is not alone. Someone else is near, observing her every move.
Twenty-year-old Vietnam veteran Danny lives in the once-grand mansion he has dubbed "Gatsby's house." Haunted by the scars of war and enclosed by walls of moldering books, he becomes fixated on Katherine. What starts as cautious observation grows to an obsession. When these two lost souls collide, the passion that ignites between them is all-consuming--and increasingly dangerous.
Suffused with a stunning sense of character and atmosphere, Diane Thomas's intimate voice creates an unforgettable depiction of the transformative power of love, how we grieve and hope, and the perilous ways in which we heed and test our hearts.
Advance praise for "In Wilderness"
"A harrowing exploration of desire and obsession, this novel sends two people into a physical and psychological wilderness that becomes stranger and more terrifying the deeper they go."--#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Christina Baker Kline
"In a mad, haunting, dreamlike story of love, obsession, and wildness, Diane Thomas mixes elegant prose with raw emotion. This novel is unforgettable."--William Landay, "New York Times "bestselling author of" Defending Jacob"
""In Wilderness" is an often harrowing story of a love affair between two damaged people, but it is also a paean to the healing powers of nature. Diane Thomas has written an extraordinary novel filled with both darkness and light."--Ron Rash, PEN/Faulker Award finalist and "New York Times" bestselling author of "Serena" and "The Cove"
"Diane Thomas writes like a woman in a fever dream, clashing two wasted, achingly lonely souls together to create sparks that become an all-consuming wildfire. The desolate inner landscapes of Danny and Katherine stand in stark opposition to the beauty of the natural world that Thomas so expertly evokes, and I found myself riveted as they stumbled in their broken way toward connection and their own humanity. Heartbreaking, bold, relentless, and intensely erotic, "In Wilderness" is the work of a true original."--Joshilyn Jackson, "New York Times "bestselling author of" Someone Else's Love Story"
"The story--the "writing"--stands out as some of the most original and dynamic work I've ever read. "In Wilderness" is an intensely powerful cat-and-mouse love story as gorgeous and brutal as its Appalachian mountain setting. I devoured every word."--Carla Buckley, author of "The Deepest Secret"
"Utterly compelling . . . Thomas brings a Zen-like sensibility to her descriptions of the natural world and to the simple everyday matters of living. The two main characters are delineated with a similar keen precision."--Vicki Lane, author of "Under the Skin"
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