A powerful debut novel set in a threatened western
landscape, from the award-winning author of Refresh,
Echo Canyon is a disappearing pocket of wilderness outside of
Bend, Oregon, and the site of conflicting memories for Justin Caves
and his father, Paul. It's now slated for redevelopment as a
golfing resort. When Paul suggests one last hunting trip, Justin
accepts, hoping to get things right with his father this time, and
agrees to bring his son, Graham, along.
As the weekend unfolds, Justin is pushed to the limit by the
reckless taunting of his father, the physical demands of the
terrain, and the menacing evidence of the hovering presence of
bear. All the while, he remembers the promise he made to his
skeptical wife: to keep their son safe.
Benjamin Percy, a writer whose work Dan Chaon called "bighearted
and drunk and dangerous," shows his mastery of narrative suspense
as the novel builds to its surprising climax. The Wilding
shines unexpected light on our shifting relationship with nature
and family in contemporary society.