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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  134 reviews
The lives of two women -- the sole survivor of an airplane crash and the troubled park ranger leading the rescue mission -- collide in this "gripping" novel of tough-minded resilience (Vogue).

The sole survivor of a plane crash, seventy-two-year-old Cloris Waldrip finds herself lost and alone in the unforgiving wilderness of Montana's rugged Bitterroot Range, exposed to the
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Published March 5th 2020 by Fourth Estate (first published January 14th 2020)
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Rye Curtis's is a genre defying novel that is a gritty and moving character driven read with some pretty dark elements, and inhabited by a strange collection of characters. The elderly 72 year old Cloris Waldrip is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Bitterroot mountains and wilderness in Montana in 1986. She has barely nothing in the form of supplies, forced to survive on whatever she can find to subsist, with the chances of her survival not looking good. Divorced local park ranger, Debra ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 Methodist
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kingdomtide is an exquisite yet quirky and highly original debut novel which charts the lives of two very different women amongst the wild, remote Bitterroot mountains in Montana in 1986. Seventy-two year old Cloris Waldrip is the sole survivor of a plane crash and is forced to survive on the slimmest of supplies. Meanwhile, park ranger and alcoholic with a turbulent personal life, Debra Lewis, decides to band together a real ragtag motley crew of rescuers to help her in her search as she is ...more
Melanie Johnson
From the description, this sounds very intriguing. An elderly couple take a small airplane ride into the Montana wilderness, but the plane crashes. The woman, Cloris, survives and begins to wander around the mountains. A forest ranger, Deb Lewis, hears about the crash and begins to look for Cloris. However, the book begins to become about Deb's self-loathing (if we had a drinking game and you had to drink every time the book mentions "merlot" you would be dead) and a few other characters that ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars rounded up.

August 31, 1986: Seventy-two year old Cloris Waldrip and her husband are headed to Missoula, Montana on vacation when the small plane they are flying in crashes in the mountains in the Bitterroot National Forest. Cloris is the sole survivor.

'If you are not a Methodist of a certain age likely you have not heard of Kingdomtide. It is meant to be a season of charity and unity in the Kingdom of God observed after Pentecost and before Advent. For me, it has turned out to be a
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It is different from anything you might envisage from the blurb. I went through phases of liking Kingdomtide followed swiftly by being bewildered by it and wondering why I was reading it. It's fair to say it comprises equal parts quality drama mixed with wise reflection and, well, utter strangeness. I cannot recommend it, in the traditional sense, as it is simply unconventional, and likely, not palatable for those who enjoy cookie cutter stories and ...more
Dorothy Hodder
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. 72-year-old Cloris Waldrip is the sole survivor of a private plane crash and stumbles out of the wilderness of Montana's Bitterroot Mountains two and a half months later. Middle-aged alcoholic forest ranger Debra Lewis, whose husband is in prison for being married to three women at once, becomes obsessed with finding the missing woman. Hostile, mysteriously scarred 18-year-old Jill Bloor goes along as a volunteer for parts of the search. Also missing is 10-year-old Sarah Hovett. A Shoshone ...more
Jordy’s Book Club
QUICK TAKE: absolutely loved the first 100 pages and the introduction of both female characters, but ultimately found myself losing interest very quickly...Curtis has a way with words and I look forward to what he does next, but this one was not for me.
Meaghin Burke
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this based on several positive reviews that I am now convinced were the work of some psilocybin-induced mass hysteria. This book was terrible. Between the merlot-soaked paragraphs and the 7,654 appearances of the word mighty, no story of interest emerged. The characters were the literary equivalents of stick figures, saddled with hackneyed colloquialisms, moral failings, and zero believability.
I will have a long discussion with my therapist about my inability to abandon piteous books.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited when @librofm had Kingdomtide as one of the January listening choices because I listened to it in one day as I took down our Christmas decorations. Told from the perspective of two very flawed characters, this is a truly character driven novel. When a plane crashes on a mountain, the sole survivor tries to find her way back to civilization and is discovered by a masked man living in the mountain. Meanwhile, a search and rescue team just about gives up if not for Ranger Lewis and ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this first novel from Rye Curtis. The writing is wonderful and the characters are well developed. I particularly enjoyed reading Cloris Waldrop's story and the reminiscing she does on her life - Cloris is the only person who walked away from a small plane crash in the mountains, her husband and the young pilot were killed. The other main characters are Ranger Lewis (another strong female character) and a young man hiding in the mountains from the FBI. This was an unexpected, ...more
Full review on behalf of the Sunday Times:

~I no longer pass judgement on any man nor woman. People are people, and I do not believe there is much more to be said on that matter. Twenty years ago I might have been of a different mind about that, but I was a different Cloris Waldrip back then.~

~It is not something that I easily admit, but I believe it is important: It was romantic to be naked outdoors.~

~I suppose people tell stories partly because we can tell them over and
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! What a great start to a book! Rye Curtis does not hesitate: 54 years-married, Cloris and Richard Waldrip are no sooner introduced than the sound of the impact of their small plane ploughing into the Montana mountains "fractured all known sound into pieces". And so begin's Mrs Waldrip's quirky first person narrative, describing the aftermath and her determined struggle to survive in spite of her 72 years and no real hope of being found in the wilderness. And, as it transpires, providing ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This I must admit was not quite the book that I was expecting. It was far more profound and explored some dark and disturbing themes. For a debut novel Rye Curtis has shown he is able to produce a work that is somewhat hard to define being outside the parameters of some of the normally defined genres. Yes as I expected we do have an out in the wild story of survival which in itself is gripping and suspenseful but there is much more as the focus is on two very different women reassessing their ...more
Karen Mace
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real slow burner of a story for me! From the initial shock impact of the plane crash that leaves 72 year old Clovis lost and alone in the wilderness, this was a book that immerses you in the plight of her and the female ranger, Debra, in charge of trying to find her. And both their journeys, both phsyically and mentally, are fascinating insights into 2 women at different stages of their lives, alone with their thoughts and demons, and the misfit characters surrounding them, and just ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut-novels
Two stories running parallel in the Bitterroot Mountains after a plane crashes with a single survivor, Cloris Waldrip, who begins her trek away from the wreck with little more than the dead pilots coat, a hatchet, and her wits. Meanwhile, two park rangers, each dealing with emotional issues and less than engaged in their jobs, are part of a less than enthusiastic search and rescue effort, with all except merlot guzzling Deb Lewis certain that the 72 year old survivor has perished in the ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started out promisingly and the first quarter was quite gripping. But the park ranger was quite unlikable and the old woman's story strained credibility. It was too long and there was an overabundance of Merlot. Giving it 3 stars which amounts to a C grade.
Susie Dodge
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book. I had to wait a little to write this review to think about it a little more. There were parts of it (some of the strange choices of the people in the forest ranger sections) that I really didnt like. But they were real and flawed characters. The other parts, with Cloris, I LOVED. What an amazing character. I felt like I was right there with her in the mountains and forest trying to survive. Weaving in the person who helps her and his backstory was brilliant. Now that I have ...more
Reading Mama
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book you may not have seen too much of here on the 'gram, but it is definitely worth checking out! Thank you @littlebrown for my copy of Kingdomtide, which is out now!

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
Kate Grace
Rye Curtis Kingdomtide is a promising debut novel that I wanted to like more than I did.

The books 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 dont 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 Curtis,
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very strangely written, no quotation marks when characters talk, so difficult to read!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put my faith in the author, that he would make a lot of things in this book make sense by the time I came to its end. He delivered. It makes sense: People will do some desperate, self-destructive, and weird stuff to soothe the ache of loneliness.

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.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In truth, we will all be fiction soon enough and people yet to come can decide what little truth there was in any of it.

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
Molly Davis
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a typical novel. If you expect to read it as as such - you will miss out. This is in the genre of FARGO or TWIN PEAKS. It is dark but allows the reader to question many things about living-& how we judge others and ourselves. Rye Curtis is a writer beyond his years. ...more
Vicki Antipodean Bookclub
The notion crossed my mind that I had been abandoned by God in some blighted fairyland. Unusual sights greeted me. Sickly and tone-deaf songbirds perched in the trees on their peeling feet and there were yellow-eyed rodents sluggish and balding and afflicted with sores. There were colourless insects the size of hands, like you could find at the bottom of the ocean, and black butterflies floated on the mist.
Cloris Waldrip is seventy-two years old when the small plane taking her and Mr. Waldrip
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kingdomtide by Rye Curtis is a book that tells the story of two women in two separate narratives. Cloris Waldrip, a 72 year old woman who is the only survivor of a plane crash in the Bitterroot mountains. Twenty years later, Cloris gives an account of her experience of her journey and her determination to survive. The chapters of Cloris account are alternated with the story of Debra Lewis, a Forest Ranger, who upon hearing about the plane crash makes it her mission to find Cloris Waldrip even ...more
Dora Davis
Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned-reads
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I said I'd just read a novel about an elderly widow who survives a plane crash in the Montana wilderness but is given up for dead by everyone except one stubborn park ranger, you'd think God, it sounds too heartwarming to bear. If I said I'd just read a novel about a chatty old Texas church lady who bonds with a hermetic pedophile as a merlot-swilling ambisexual divorcee is torn between her feelings for a wisdom-spouting federal agent and his rebellious teenage daughter, you'd think God, it ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I think it's because I identify so much with Cloris, the lone survivor of an small airplane crash. She is in her 70's and isn't ready to die. When she, her husband and a pilot take a sightseeing trip over the rugged Bitteroot mountains they crash. One park ranger is determined to find the crash site and rescue any survivors. This is the journey that both women take.
Set in the late 1980's it's a look into search and rescue before satellite phones and GPS locators.Well
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