Wild Life

Wild Life

A Novel

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Baker & Taylor
A young mother who is the sole provider for her five sons joins the search party for a missing child and, getting lost herself, is rescued by a band of wild and uncivilized quasi-human beasts.

Blackwell North Amer
It is the early 1900s and Charlotte Bridger Drummond is a thoroughly modern woman. The sole provider for her five young boys, Charlotte is a fiercely independent, freethinking woman of the West who fully embraces the scientific spirit that is sweeping the nation at the dawn of the industrial age. Thumbing her nose at convention, she dresses in men's clothes, avoids housework whenever possible, and proudly supports her family by writing popular women's adventure stories. Ready to show off her knowledge of the local flora and fauna and have an adventure of her own, Charlotte joins a search party for a child who has disappeared in the deepwood wilderness on the border between Oregon and Washington. But when she gets lost herself, she is thrust into a mysterious world that not only tests her courage but challenges her entire concept of reality.
Starving and half dead from exposure, Charlotte is rescued by a band of elusive, quasi-human beasts. As she becomes a part of the creatures' extended family, Charlotte is forced to reconsider her previous notions about the differences between animals and humans, men and women, and above all, between wilderness and civilization.

Baker
& Taylor

When mother of five Charlotte Bridger Drummond becomes lost in the Great Northwest Woods, she is rescued by an elusive group of quasi-human beasts that force her to examine her previous notions about the differences between animals and humans, men and women, and wilderness and civilization.

Simon and Schuster
It is the early 1900s and Charlotte Bridger Drummond is a thoroughly modern woman. The sole provider for her five young boys, Charlotte is a fiercely independent, freethinking woman of the West who fully embraces the scientific spirit that is sweeping the nation at the dawn of the industrial age. Thumbing her nose at convention, she dresses in men's clothes, avoids housework whenever possible, and proudly supports her family by writing popular women's adventure stories. Ready to show off her knowledge of the local flora and fauna and have an adventure of her own, Charlotte joins a search party for a child who has disappeared in the deepwood wilderness on the border between Oregon and Washington. But when she gets lost herself, she is thrust into a mysterious world that not only tests her courage but challenges her entire concept of reality. Starving and half dead from exposure, Charlotte is rescued by a band of elusive, quasi-human beasts. As she becomes a part of the creatures' extended family, Charlotte is forced to reconsider her previous notions about the differences between animals and humans, men and women, and above all, between wilderness and civilization. Beautifully written and historically accurate, Wild Life is a highly original tale set at the very edge of civilization, where one woman takes on the untamed world of nature, and in the process, discovers much about the deepest recesses of her very own human nature. Putting a surprising, revitalizing, feminine spin on the classic legend of Tarzan and other wildman sagas, award-winning novelist Molly Gloss delivers a rich portrait of America's northwestern frontier at the start of the twentieth century.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000
ISBN: 9780684867984
0684867982
Branch Call Number: FICTION GLOSS
Characteristics: 255 p. : 1 map ; 24 cm

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miaone
Apr 12, 2015

This is one of my 10 most favorite books, and one I'd like to be lost on a tropical isle with! I'm reading it for maybe the 5th time and loving it even more as I find new things in it I hadn't noticed before. I'm especially impressed by the writing about the "others", the wild creatures; it touches my heart and my intellect both. I find completely credible Gloss's description of how Charlotte would think and feel and act while she was lost, then while she was in the company of the wild beings, and after she was "found" by humans in a hiking club. I want to hold my arms out to her and say, "I know, I know."

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klwallen
Aug 08, 2012

July 2012 Montlake Branch book group selection.

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StuDick
Jul 19, 2012

A strong, adventurous, imaginative woman has a near-death experience that stirs up conflicts and questions about humanity and the natural world. Entertaining story set in a dramatic time and place.

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