The Mountain Story

I couldn’t decide originally if I wanted to read The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens, but I decided to give it a go, and I’m happy I did. I love it when you think a book is OK, only to come away at the end thinking wow, the author really pulled it off well. I’m ashamed to admit that I can’t remember if I’ve read Lansens’ previous books or not. Her first, Rush Home Road, was written in 2002, and there’s a lot of water under the bridge since then. On his 18th birthday Wolf Truly takes the tram up to the top of the mountain above his home in a desert trailer park on the edge of Palm Springs, intending to end his life. He hasn’t had an easy go of it, especially witnessing the death of his best friend Byrd on that very mountain. But fate intervens when he spots Nola, Bridget and Vonn Devine, 3 lost women who are not by a long shot prepared for the adventure they are about to endure. They all end up spending 5 days together without food, with little water, and no way down the mountainside. Trapped as they are with all their personal stories, Lansens weaves a wonderful tale of love and endurance. It’s funny at times, gripping with emotion, and full of respect for nature. Wolf, now a grown man, decides it’s finally time to tell his son what really happened on that mountain. Get rid of those demons and clear his conscience once and for all. It’s a wonderful story. No doubt about it, Lansens is a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed this.

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