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The Wildlands

A Novel

by Abby Geni

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The Wildlands by Abby Geni
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2018
    368 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The Wildlands is another remarkable literary thriller from critically acclaimed writer Abby Geni, one that examines what happens when one family becomes trapped in the tenuous space between the human and animal worlds.

When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds. Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and orphaned siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora made media headlines. This relentless national attention and the tornado's aftermath caused great tension with their brother, Tucker, who soon abandoned his sisters and disappeared.

On the three-year anniversary of the tornado, a cosmetics factory outside of Mercy is bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. Tucker reappears, injured from the blast, and seeks the help of nine-year-old Cora. Caught up in the thrall of her charismatic brother, whom she has desperately missed, Cora agrees to accompany Tucker on a cross-country mission to make war on human civilization.

Cora becomes her brother's unwitting accomplice, taking on a new identity while engaging in acts of escalating violence. Darlene works with Mercy police to find her siblings, leading to an unexpected showdown at a zoo in Southern California.

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"Starred Review. Geni continues to create works of art with perfect voices that are simultaneously thrillers and meditations on nature. It is an incredible trick." - Kirkus Reviews

"This is a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that will keep the reader turning the pages." - Publishers Weekly

"In exquisite prose, Geni renders the ecstasy and anguish of familial love, and the ways it can lead us to the edges of who we imagine ourselves to be. A savage, glittering novel." - Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home

"Every scene of this cleverly plotted novel is drawn with complex prose, rich detail, and an authorial voice that wisely observes the human animal. Abby Geni is my new favorite writer." - Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

"Fast-paced and breathtaking, The Wildlands will transfix you from its opening natural disaster to its shocking and violent climax. In Abby Geni's hands, even a haircut becomes suspenseful. This book grabs you and won't let go." - David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals

"With skillful prose, you'll sympathize with Cora, a girl who must learn how to differentiate between love and family." - Women.com, 1 of 15 Awesome Books with Strong Female Protagonists

"In a novel with a locomotive plot and an urgent political timeliness, it's a true testament to Abby Geni's authorial prowess and big heart that the most memorable thing about this book is the love and determination of a family beset by tragedy. You'll be a better, wiser person after you read this book. You'll also be thrilled, from first page to last." - Peter Geye, author of Wintering

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Abby Geni Author Biography

Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Awards for Best Fiction, and The Last Animal (2013), an Indies Introduce Debut Writers Selection and a finalist for the Orion Book Award. Her short stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest and have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship.

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Abby Geni: Pronounced like genie - jee-nee

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