The Wilding - Benjamin Percy
I can understand why people might characterize Benjamin Percy 's novel as a a eco environmental novel, but it really isn't, or at least it wasn't for me. This finely wrought story is about how people cope with the expectations others lay on them. Fathers and sons, husbands and wives, people with whom we are convinced we are in love - we all perform to some expectation -- ours or theirs. Over the years, we develop coping skills so that there is peaceful co-existance. But Percy reminds us that tragedy, boredom, obsession can be a catalyst to move us off walking that center line. Some will survive and be stronger. Some will be torn apart. But few move forward unchanged. I loved this book. The characters were real and flawed without being caricatures set in a land grab, stop the development story. Ironically, I read this book on a flight to Seattle. Percy brought the right sort of balance to make we want to visit the Pacific Northwest and Oregon in particular, while also making me feel very much at home.
He's an Author I'd Like to Fuck.