Book Review: The Wilding

wildingThe Wilding: A Novel. By Benjamin Percy. This novel about a three-day hunting trip is a satisfyingly complex adventure that explores the hazy terrain between consumers, predators and prey. The third person narrative rotates among several characters, primarily Justin, a middle-aged high school teacher who spends one last weekend in the canyon with his father and son before the area becomes a golf course and housing development. Close psychic distance is relieved by the canyon’s elemental landscape—meteor shower, rainstorms—balancing Percy’s seamless movement in and out of characters’ internal lives, memories and imaginings. The climax is a real nail-biter. Gripping!

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