"Her face in the headlights flashed like a coin. She was an instant, the sulphuric flare of a match."
Tragedy erupts in an instant. Lives are shattered irrevocably. A young man drives off into the night, leaving a girl injured, perhaps fatally so.
From that cliffhanger opening, Sarah Leipciger takes listeners back and forward in time to tell the haunting story of one family's unraveling in rural logging country where the land is still the economic backbone. Like the novels of Annie Proulx, this extraordinarily lyrical debut is rooted in richly detailed nature writing and sharply focused on small-town mores and the particularities of regional culture.
Marrying the propulsive story of a father and son who, in the wake of catastrophe, must confront their private demons to reach for redemption with an evocative meditation on our environmental legacy, The Mountain Can Wait introduces Leipciger as a talent to watch.
"In this assured debut novel Leipciger beautifully captures the tender and mercurial relationship between father and son, Tom and Curtis Berry. These are characters you care about, flawed and haunted by regret, existing in the harsh yet undeniably radiant world of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Leipciger writes with great compassion and precision, her language is an exquisite mix of muscle and grace. The Mountain Can Wait resonated with wonderful imagery which will stay with me for a very long time." (Michele Forbes, author of Ghost Moth)
"It's clear and beautiful, like swimming in a mountain lake." (Mark Haddon, author of New York Times best seller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
"The Mountain Can Wait is a taut, psychologically gripping novel populated by original characters constantly at battle with nature, family, society, and themselves. This is a book that kept me up at night. Leipciger has Margaret Atwood's rare flair for crafting an intelligent and suspenseful novel." (Nickolas Butler, best-selling author of Shotgun Lovesongs)
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Do not bother with this book. It is boring and really doesn't focus on what the summary says it does.
His performance was find, but the book was so boring that he couldn't have made it into a good performance.