The lives of two women—the sole survivor of an airplane crash and the troubled park ranger who leads the rescue mission to find her —intersect in a gripping debut novel of hope and resilience, second thoughts and second chances
I no longer pass judgment on any man nor woman. People are people, and I do not believe there is much more to be said on the matter. Twenty years...more
Rye Curtis’ debut novel, “Kingdomtide,” is such a special story that I loved because of the two protagonists in the story; Clovis Waldrip, the seventy-two-year-old sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her husband of 52 years, and Debra Lewis, a ranger set to find survivor Clovis in the wilderness of the Bitterroot Range in Montana.
The story is told in alternating view points with Clovis’ point of view one that is written in a compelling voice that reflects her Texan and ...more
I will have a long discussion with my therapist about my inability to abandon piteous books.
Short blurb: The sole survivor of a plane crash, 72 year old Cloris Waldrip finds herself lost and alone in the unforgiving wilderness of Montana's rugged Bitterroot Range, exposed to the elements with no tools beyond her wits and ingenuity. Intertwined with her story is Debra Lewis, a park ranger struggling with ...more
The book’s experimental choices in narrative POV (especially Cloris’ voice, with its stream-of-consciousness) and emerging themes (eg life/death; human frailty, judgment and moral codes) are compelling. But they don’t outweigh my struggles with the book.
Speaking of which, my biggest struggle with the writing is tone. I have no idea how to unpack the tone and it derails the story for me.
Thank you to Rye ...more
This is a very confronting novel, and it goes quite dark. Definitely draws on Cormac McCarthy in more ways than one.
It follows two characters in the aftermath of a light airplane crash in Bitterroot Valley, Montana. I think I enjoyed the elderly Cloris more as she survives the crash and somehow survives (first person retelling). She kept upending my expectations while reading ...more
Cloris Waldrip is seventy-two years old when the small plane taking her and Mr. ...more
Set in the late 1980's it's a look into search and rescue before satellite phones and GPS locators.Well ...more
This debut novel was suspenseful, quirky, dark and reminded me of Fargo (minus the wood chipper). A seventy-two year old woman survives a plane crash in the wilderness and stumbles to navigate the mountains on her own (until she finds a mysterious masked man who may or may not be a dangerous person). An alcoholic park ranger, Deb Lewis, is determined to find the woman, but is unfortunate to have a quirky band of volunteers who aren't having high hopes of a rescue. A book that ...more
Cloris Waldrip, if you're out there--and I know you're not because you're a fictional character who was 92 years old in 2006--I'd like to be your friend.
The account could have been written in any one of several styles -- mystery ...more