Wild Life

Wild Life

A Novel

Book - 2000
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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, b

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780684867984
Branch Call Number: GLOS
Characteristics: 255p. 24cm.


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Mar 15, 2019

Molly gloss partially wrote this book while in residence at Freeland's Hedgebrook women's writers retreat. A feminist pioneer goes into the Pacific Northwest in search of a missing child and becomes lost herself in a number of ways. She encounters a reclusive legendary creature and while searching for the missing child she finds herself. This is classified as speculative fiction.

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."

Aug 08, 2012

July 2012 Montlake Branch book group selection.

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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