- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (June 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147678650X
- ISBN-13: 978-1476786506
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 202 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
About the Author
Lori Lansens is the author of Rush Home Road, which was translated into eight languages and published in eleven countries, and The Girls, which was sold in thirteen territories and featured as a book club pick by Richard & Judy in the UK. She was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, and now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
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What follows is a gripping story of survival interlaced with glimpses of the lives of all four characters. Wolf’s personal story is told in sections that take us from his childhood to the “now” moments of the book, allowing us to understand what brought him to the mountain in a suicidal frame of mind. I enjoyed the way the author wove the two stories together, and was especially fond of Wolf’s close friendship with his friend Byrd.
These characters grow on you. At the beginning, there is no emotional connection to the women, (the book is told from Wolf’s point-of-view throughout), but by the end, I felt like I knew each of them personally. Like Wolf, I grew to understand them through their ordeal on the mountain, and became attached to each.
The ending was superb, and took me by surprise. Bravo to the author. I haven’t read a five-star book in a while, but if I could give this one more than 5 stars I would. I highly recommend The Mountain Story for a riveting and engaging read.
Wolf, an 18 year boy who has spent his childhood with an erratic, undependable father, is feeling like he has lost everything he cares about when he meets 3 women by chance on the top of a mountain. They ask for directions and he tries to help them find their way to the secret lake. Multiple mishaps cause them to become lost, lose their food and spend a harrowing 5 days trying to make it out alive. In that time, each of the 4 reveal things to each other, show their best side and worst side, take care of each other and develop a deep lasting bond.
The story is written as a letter by Wolf to his son who was about to leave for college. Wolf's son has always wanted to hear the whole story about Wolf's time on the mountain but Wolf has never shared the details. In this letter, he explains everything and hopes that his son will be able to accept the truth. I do not want to say more and ruin the story, but I highly recommend really this book.
This story is one that will stay with me a long time.
I liked the 4 main characters (Wolf and the Devine ladies) and felt the author did a fine job making them come alive in the book. I felt the moving back and forth from the Mountain Story to Wolf's life story was done well and did not have any difficulty following it.
I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others.
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What a great book! Suspense. Hope fear love family. So many highs and lows.
A must read for sure