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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  760 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Nachdem sie auf wundersame Weise einen Flugzeugabsturz mitten in der Wildnis der Bitterroot Mountains überlebt hat, muss sich die 72-jährige Texanerin Cloris Waldrip durch die unbarmherzige Natur im Norden der USA schlagen - ausgerüstet mit einem einzelnen Stiefel, einer Bibel und ein paar Karamellbonbons. Aber jemand scheint eine schützende Hand über Cloris zu halten. Ist ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 16th 2020 by C.H.Beck (first published January 14th 2020)
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Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is two novels in one. One is excellent and one is not. One of those novels, is about an older woman, Cloris who survives a plane crash and spends several months in the woods surviving with the help of a mysterious man who hides his identity for much of the novel. What works about this is that Cloris is a deeply interesting character and she is wholly believable in voice and characterization. I also liked how the book starts at the height of the climax with the plane crash, and then we start ...more
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 Methodi
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 ar ...more
The premise of this book sounded very interesting: a 72 year old woman, Cloris Waldrip, is on a plane that crash lands and she becomes lost in the Bitterroot Mountains; Debra Lewis is the forecast ranger in charge of that area and she is determined to find Cloris.

This book read like 2 books- the one about Cloris was reasonably interesting; the one about Deb Lewis and her wacky cohorts totally annoyed me. The author was so repetitive in constantly and I mean constantly letting us know every time
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 con ...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
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.
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 logi ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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
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 amp ...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 li ...more
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 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, gre ...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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
this read like a david lynch movie. it was weird & upsetting (view spoiler). i thought it was about the sole survivor of a plane crash & the troubled ranger whose job it was to find her. instead, (view spoiler) it was a story about how we can't help who we desire. my feelings about this novel are complicated. i might come back to this review.

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 pilot’s 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 wildern ...more
Tom Mooney
Couldn't bring myself to finish this. If you're gonna write a book about an old woman surviving in the wild, you'd better tell us about the old woman surviving in the wild.

The opening section is really good but it quickly falls into a dull stream-of-conscious narrative that doesn't deliver.
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 g ...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 didn’t 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 look ...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 addictio
Kate Grace
Rye Curtis’ ‘Kingdomtide’ is a promising debut novel that I wanted to like more than I did.

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 C
Samantha Fink
There were both good and bad things about this book. Parts I both liked and didn't like.

I didn't agree with everything that was said in this book and there were some scenes that were a little disturbing. I wasn't okay with the fact that some things were downplayed as if they weren't serious offences. Some of the things the characters did and said also made me a little disturbed. It was frankly just weird.

I also feel like this wasn't a real action-packed or eventful story. Not much happened as it
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 a
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.
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
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