In Wilderness, a novel by Diane Thomas

In Wilderness

In Wilderness, nominated for the Pushcart Editors Prize in an earlier manuscript titled The Clearing, tells the story of Katherine, a 38-year-old advertising executive dying of a mysterious wasting illness, who on Valentine's Day 1967 comes alone to an isolated cabin in a southern mountain forest, bringing little more than a tin plate, a sleeping bag and a gun, to live out her few remaining days; and of 20-year-old Danny, a former Vietnam sniper afflicted with what today would be recognized as PTSD, who has come into the wilderness so he will not kill again. Inspired by classic Appalachian folk ballads of obsessive desire and violence, In Wilderness explores the twin human urges to create and to destroy through the story of these two suffering individuals, one damaged by war and the other by environmental disregard, who are brought together by an overarching need for love.


In Wilderness

A suspenseful literary love story, IN WILDERNESS spins its seductive spell around our fierce need for companionship and our enduring will to survive.

In the winter of 1966, Katherine Reid, debilitated by a terminal and excruciatingly painful illness, moves to an isolated cabin deep in Georgia's Appalachian Mountains. There, with little more than a sleeping bag, a tin plate, and a loaded gun, she plans to spend the few short months remaining to her in beautiful but desolate solitude.

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The Year the Music Changed

A coming-of-age tale set in 1955 and told as a year-long correspondence between a young country singer on the way to enormous stardom and a facially disfigured 14-year-olf girl, The Year the Music Changed: The Letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs and Elvis Presley received a starred review from Library Journal, rave reviews from Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, was a Booksense Notable Book for September 2005, and has been translated into Italian (Azimut) and Japanese (Poplar). The reviewer for The AtlantaJournal-Constitution compared it with Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

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In Wilderness:

diane-thomas-homeA recent transplant to Santa Fe, New Mexico, from the mountains of north Georgia, Diane graduted from Georgia State University and holds an MFA from Columbia University. She worked in Atlanta as the theater and film reviewer for that city's morning newspaper, a staff writer for a pioneering ciity magazine, and a freelance writer and editor. Her second novel, In Wilderness, recently released from Bantam Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has been honored as an Amazon "Best Book" for March 2015 and a Random House Australia "Book of the Month" for April 2015. It is set in north Georgia's beautiful mountains, as is her novel-in-progress. Her debut novel, The Year the Music Changed: The Letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs and Elvis Presley (The Toby Press, 2005t has been translated into Italian and Japanese.

Diane blogs regularly at this site, and you can visit her on Facebookfollow her on Twitter, and network with her on Goodreads.