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The Mountain Story: A Novel by [Lansens, Lori]
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The Mountain Story is an expertly crafted novel about how ordinary lives can be changed by an extraordinary mountain. If climbing speaks to how we can find truth and beauty in hardship, Lansens shows that it is also a way to see inside our souls. This is a survival story with a strong, beating heart. I loved this novel.” (Claire Cameron Bestselling author of THE BEAR)

"Lori Lansens has created a heart-pounder of a book that is every bit as much of an emotional roller-coaster as an adventurous one. Filled with richly drawn characters, unexpected twists, and gritty details about survival, you'll want to read this right now. Unless, that is, you happen to be camping!" (Jodi Picoult )

"The Mountain Story isa gritty, nail-biting tale of survival and self-revelation. Lori Lansens' lushand potent landscape is painted as vividly as her characters, whose afternoonnature walk becomes a terrifying trek to the very precipice of mortality.Pitted against the impartial elements and their own inner demons, four soulsdiscover that shared humanity is their only dependable lifeline." (Carol Cassella, bestselling author of Gemini )

“Lansens has written a colorful, adventurous wilderness survival novel…The realistic details, such as the traditional herbal medicine used to fight Nola’s broken-bone infection and threatening coyotes and vultures, provides the narrative’s raw edge. Genre readers will also be swept along as the suspense builds in this first-rate character driven thriller.” (Publishers Weekly)

“At last an adventure story where everyone is not supremely competent. At last a wilderness story which because it’s fiction has an actual arc and not just a series of encounters. Wolf is one of the most incredible voices I’ve come across in fiction recently and his trailer park environment is stunningly described; at once as absurd as farce and yet hauntingly real. On the mountain, bad judgment and bad luck are the order of the day and your heart will be in your throat as the inevitability of death draws ever closer to one young man and three generations of city women lost in a very real and dangerous mountain wilderness. You may think twice about piling the kids in the car for your next hike!” (Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand )

“Four hikers get lost on a mountain, struggling desperately to stay alive, and it’s all as chilling and gorgeous and full of suspense as a cracking line of ice on a frozen lake. A breathtaking look at how the past footholds the future and how even the bleakest terror can find its way to unfathomable beauty.”

(Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling Author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You )

"An adventure that pits spectacular danger in the present against the ever-present danger of the past." (Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault )

"A riveting novel of heartbreak, heroism, and redemption. . .[with] equal measures of high drama and humanity that will keep readers spellbound until the last word." (Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss )

The Mountain Story is a feat of storytelling, sure to be one of the most memorable novels of the year, a skilled balance of thriller and domestic drama, of family secrets and struggle for survival. By its closing pages, it gains an almost devastating emotional force that accompanies the irresistible quality of its narrative drive: It’s a master class in fiction and its potential.” (The Globe and Mail)

“We discover the truth behind the trio’s relationships as we learn what led Wolf to think he has nothing left to live for. Thanks, Lori; this one was definitely worth the wait.” (Library Journal, Editor’s Pick)

"[Lansens] portrays strong, not-soon forgotten characters in this suspenseful, psychologically rich tale…Lansens brings the reader intimately into their plight: four harrowing days with barely any food or water, trapped in a canyon with seemingly no way down. Their ordeal profoundly affects the four survivors and changes the course of each of their lives.” (Booklist)

"[Lansens] knows a thing or two about life-changing transformations and the rich territory from which she builds memorable worlds filled with exceptional experiences…What is obvious to her readers is her astonishing talent for writing distinct stories about people who do amazing things in extraordinary circumstances.” (Library Journal, Feature Interview)

“The Mountain Story brims with twists and turns that keep readers turning the pages… Immensely readable, beautifully written and incredibly heart-breaking…it’s an extraordinary story of survival, heroism and redemption that will stay with you long after you read the last page.” (Associated Press, UK)

“A thoroughly delightful reading experience. The Mountain Story isthe best kind of binge read: exhilarating, inspiring, and life-affirming.” (Quill & Quire (starred review))

“Like a secret mountain trail, [this novel] twists, turns, and keeps surprising you until the very end…Well-paced and beautifully written, readers will find themselves missing sleep as they read on late into the night." (Winnipeg Free Press)

“A harrowing tale becomes anengrossing saga of renewal and redemption. Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional powerand resonance.” (Toronto Star)

“Poignant and heartbreaking, this book rivets with its examination of what the body and soul need to stay alive." (Maclean’s)

“A superbly crafted, tension-filled tale.” (NOW Magazine)

“As Wolf makes one failed attempt after another to get help, he relives his troubled childhood and becomes caught up in the history and complicated relationships of the women.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"A captivating tale of courage, love, and sacrifice, The Mountain Story is transporting. A young man and three women accidentally take a hero's journey that inspires the better angels in all of us." (Amy Scheibe, author of A Fireproof Home for the Bride )

PRAISE FOR LORI LANSENS:

"A tale of kindness, love, and the off things that life throws at us, no matter our circumstances. . .Lansen's writing is so haunting and filled with the ache of dreams unrealized, the characters seem just like everyone else. . .Make sure, by the end, you have plenty of tissues handy." (Ann Oldenburg, USA Today )

“I promise: you will never forget this extraordinary story. Love, connection, loyalty, raw humanity, and much more are the ingredients of this most unusual novel. Lori Lansens’ blend of tragedy and comedy will touch you deeply.” (Isabel Allende )

Review

The Mountain Story is an expertly crafted novel about how ordinary lives can be changed by an extraordinary mountain. If climbing speaks to how we can find truth and beauty in hardship, Lansens shows that it is also a way to see inside our souls. This is a survival story with a strong, beating heart. I loved this novel.” (Claire Cameron Bestselling author of THE BEAR)

"The Mountain Story isa gritty, nail biting tale of survival and self revelation. Lori Lansens' lushand potent landscape is painted as vividly as her characters, whose afternoonnature walk becomes a terrifying trek to the very precipice of mortality.Pitted against the impartial elements and their own inner demons, four soulsdiscover that shared humanity is their only dependable lifeline." (Carol Cassella, bestselling author of Gemini )

“Lansens has written a colorful, adventurous wilderness survival novel…The realistic details, such as the traditional herbal medicine used to fight Nola’s broken bone infection and threatening coyotes and vultures, provides the narrative’s raw edge. Genre readers will also be swept along as the suspense builds in this first rate character driven thriller.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Four hikers get lost on a mountain, struggling desperately to stay alive, and it’s all as chilling and gorgeous and full of suspense as a cracking line of ice on a frozen lake. A breathtaking look at how the past footholds the future and how even the bleakest terror can find its way to unfathomable beauty.”

(Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling Author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You )

"An adventure that pits spectacular danger in the present against the ever present danger of the past." (Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault )

"A riveting novel of heartbreak, heroism, and redemption. . .[with] equal measures of high drama and humanity that will keep readers spellbound until the last word." (Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss )

The Mountain Story is a feat of storytelling, sure to be one of the most memorable novels of the year, a skilled balance of thriller and domestic drama, of family secrets and struggle for survival. By its closing pages, it gains an almost devastating emotional force that accompanies the irresistible quality of its narrative drive: It’s a master class in fiction and its potential.” (The Globe and Mail)

“We discover the truth behind the trio’s relationships as we learn what led Wolf to think he has nothing left to live for. Thanks, Lori; this one was definitely worth the wait.” (Library Journal, Editor’s Pick)

"[Lansens] portrays strong, not soon forgotten characters in this suspenseful, psychologically rich tale…Lansens brings the reader intimately into their plight: four harrowing days with barely any food or water, trapped in a canyon with seemingly no way down. Their ordeal profoundly affects the four survivors and changes the course of each of their lives.” (Booklist)

"[Lansens] knows a thing or two about life changing transformations and the rich territory from which she builds memorable worlds filled with exceptional experiences…What is obvious to her readers is her astonishing talent for writing distinct stories about people who do amazing things in extraordinary circumstances.” (Library Journal, Feature Interview)

“The Mountain Story brims with twists and turns that keep readers turning the pages… Immensely readable, beautifully written and incredibly heart breaking…it’s an extraordinary story of survival, heroism and redemption that will stay with you long after you read the last page.” (Associated Press, UK)

“A thoroughly delightful reading experience. The Mountain Story isthe best kind of binge read: exhilarating, inspiring, and life affirming.” (Quill & Quire (starred review))

“Like a secret mountain trail, [this novel] twists, turns, and keeps surprising you until the very end…Well paced and beautifully written, readers will find themselves missing sleep as they read on late into the night." (Winnipeg Free Press)

“A harrowing tale becomes anengrossing saga of renewal and redemption. Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional powerand resonance.” (Toronto Star)

“Poignant and heartbreaking, this book rivets with its examination of what the body and soul need to stay alive." (Maclean’s)

“A superbly crafted, tension filled tale.” (NOW Magazine)

“As Wolf makes one failed attempt after another to get help, he relives his troubled childhood and becomes caught up in the history and complicated relationships of the women.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"A captivating tale of courage, love, and sacrifice, The Mountain Story is transporting. A young man and three women accidentally take a hero's journey that inspires the better angels in all of us." (Amy Scheibe, author of A Fireproof Home for the Bride )


Product details

  • File Size: 2657 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LD1OK5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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