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Preview — In Wilderness by Diane Thomas
For readers of Ron Rash, Thomas H. Cook, and Tim Johnston, In Wilderness is a suspenseful and literary love story hailed by New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson as “heartbreaking, bold, relentless” and “the work of a true original.”
In the winter of 1966, Kath ...more
This book reminds me of how I felt as a child reading The Secret Garden. I want to pretend to be Katherine. I want to play, "In Wilderness." I also want to warn Katherine from the perspective of now, 50 years later. Katherine is not one of those back-to-the-land hippies. This is a fresh take on what would motivate a woman, an advertising executive, to give it all up for total solitude. (less)
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Katherine does not want to die in a hospital. She wants to die on her own terms. So she buys a small cabin in the mountains of North Georgia.
She leaves her ad agency job and takes just what she can carry and moves into the cabin. Her ...more
"Thirty-eight seems young to die. But maybe if you're ninety-six so does ninety-seven."
Sad and discouraged by loss, tragedy and a death sentence, thirty-eight year old Katherine Reid (and her gun) move to a remote cabin in the Appalachian Mountains to spend her last days, but soon finds she is actually feeling better and is not really alone, and when twenty year old Danny Maclean appears on the scene, a lusty and "weird" relationship develops that soon progresses to darkness and dange...more
Katherine Reid is 38 years old and she is dying. She can't eat, can't sleep, and her strength is slowly ebbing. Doctors are unable to pinpoint what is killing her, what they do know is that she has only a matter of months to live before her organs start shutting down. Unwilling to die in a hospital, Katherine decides to buy a cabin in the middle of nowhere, a place where she can make peace with herself and where she can make the determination of when t ...more
Two disparate and damaged souls seeking extreme solutions to their physical and mental disabilities collide in a remote Appalachian wilderness in the late 1960s. Initially it’s a cat and mouse game for one, Russian roulette for the other.
The reader is kept off balance with the author’s intent. Is this unfolding as a nail biting thriller, à la the movie Deliverance, or perhaps something else?
The spare, raw, and mesmerizing prose explores the twin sides of physical and psychological despair and ...more
On Ms. Thomas's goodreads author page, she provides some insights regarding h ...more
Still in the ICU but
Waiting for a bed.
I finished this about a week ago and while there were many things I liked, there was some I didn't. In another thread a few friends and I were, discussing how we each need different things from a story, how we identify with characters or plots. Interesting conversations and now after my recent hospital experiences my review has been hijacked because I identified in a big way with Catherine. A young woman basically being poisoned with modernism, al ...more
After finishing the book and reading the acknowledgments, I discovered my mother's cousin married the author's sister.
"Into the Woods".....and off we go....
Haunting, haunted, and increasingly borders on insanity.....(as novels go) ....a little 'creepy'!
Yet, the writing is luminous! You HAVE to keep reading! It will drive you nuts 'not-to'.
As Katherine tries to face mortality with courage, having been overexposed to a pesticide, alone in a Cabin she purchased--
Danny, a younger man, living with post-traumatic stress disorder, is stalking her from the other side of the mountain.
The entire first half of ...more
Danny, a Vietnam vet, cannot function since witnessing the ...more
There is no arguing the fact that Diane Thomas is a talented author. Her blunt and and at times poetic prose is firmly on display In Wilderness. The reason I gave this only three stars has nothing to do with quality of the writing. The three stars is because I despised both character which made it hard for me to see the light in this dark tale. I don't mind a dark story or goin ...more
As I read the final chapter and epilogue for the third time, like an addict hoping to extend the buzz, I experience the same soothing intoxication from the prose each time. The effects on my body are pleasantly the same. Not quite weightlessness but I feel less of gravity’s tug, as if an infinitesimally thin gap of nothing exists between me and the seat of the chair.
It’s the highly charged emotional energy of the story that causes this sensation. It ripples and pulsates from the pages ...more
It begins quietly: an expectant mother feels her baby flutter for the first time. But this is not some saccharine, worn out by overuse Women’s fiction trope; it couldn’t be anything further. For in the next chapter that same baby is dead, killed possibly by the an ...more
"Way down yonder, in the meadow,
Poor little baby crying mama,
Birds and the butterflies flutter 'round his eyes,
Poor little baby crying mama."
Setting:Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains; 1966-1968
Coverly Love?:Yes! It perfectly captures the haunting nature of this book.
Plot:Katherine Reid is dying, or at least that’s what the doctors tell her. She once had a highly successful career at an advertising firm, a loving husband, and a baby on the way. But after she lost both her baby and her husband, ...more
Many people will like this far more than I did. The parts narrated from Danny's thoughts became so distasteful to me that I skipped huge tracts of them. I already "got" it.
Katherine's cognition was not as soured but as difficult, maybe more so. So I don't know how you can say that this is a novel for any "enjoyment" level quotient. It's barely a 2 on that, maybe 1.5 star. And actually the plot ...more
During the 1960s, women in the corporate world in high-powered positions are not the norm. But Kate is that anomaly. Kate who worked beside her husband in their advertising agency, until she receives the con ...more
IN WILDERNESS, by Diane Thomas is an emotional and riveting literary fiction of illness, danger, obsession, and love, set in the North Georgia Mountains of two troubled souls igniting, for a compelling and moving thriller.
Katherine is a thirty-eight year old woman, a former successful professional of an advertising agency in Atlanta in the early sixties. Her life has b ...more
Time: winter 1966
Setting: isolated wilderness in Georgia's Appalachian Mountains
"Told she is dying of the mysterious illness that plagues her, thirty-eight-year-old Katherine Reid moves to a remote cabin in the southern mountains to live out her last days.
But in this peaceful solitude, her life may still be in terrible danger: A damaged young man also lives in the forest, and he watches her every move." (publishers note)
Danny (20) is a PTSD veteran traumatized by experie ...more
Two lonely souls, Katherine and Danny, are each trying to heal from their individual hardships of life in this beautiful wilderness. The author does such a masterful job of bringing these two people to life and digs down de ...more
This book promised something out of the ordinary and boy did it deliver.
After turning the last page I sat and wondered how I would write a review that could convey all that I was feeling. Instead I just started typing the words that came to mind -
at times terrifying
masterful in setting the scenes
kept me off balance and on my toes
heart w ...more