Four lost hikers are about to learn that they’re capable of something extraordinary.
THE MOUNTAIN STORY
by Lori Lansens
New York Times bestselling author of The Girls
“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
Outstanding Early and International Acclaim for THE MOUNTAIN STORY
People Magazine’s Book of the Week
“A moving portrait of the human spirit – as fierce, lovely and indomitable as nature itself.”
“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, NYT bestselling author of LEAVING TIME
“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 has written a colorful, adventurous wilderness survival novel…Readers will also be swept along as the suspense builds in this first-rate character driven thriller.”
“[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.”
“[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 is the 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 an engrossing saga of renewal and redemption. Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional power and resonance.”
“Poignant and heartbreaking, this book rivets with its examination of what the body and soul need to stay alive.”
“A superbly crafted, tension-filled tale.”
“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.”
“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
“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 is a gritty, nail-biting tale of survival and self-revelation. Lori Lansens’ lush and potent landscape is painted as vividly as her characters, whose afternoon nature walk becomes a terrifying trek to the very precipice of mortality. Pitted against the impartial elements and their own inner demons, four souls discover that shared humanity is their only dependable lifeline.”
—Carol Cassella, bestselling author of Gemini
“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
Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Blonde, stick-thin Bridget is training for a triathlon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet, driven by family obligation and the urge to escape her mistakes. Still reeling from the tragic accident that robbed him of his best friend, Wolf Truly is the only experienced hiker among them, but he has come to the cliffs on his eighteenth birthday without food or supplies because he plans to take his own life.
When a series of missteps strands this ragtag group together in the wilderness, they soon realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is each other. As one day without rescue spirals dramatically into the next, and misadventure turns to nightmare, these four broken souls form an inextricable bond, pushing themselves and each other farther than they ever could have dreamed possible. The three who make it home alive will be forever changed by their harrowing days on the mountain.
In his epistolary retelling of a decades-kept secret, Wolf Truly’s account of THE MOUNTAIN STORY is one of redemption and sacrifice; of the harsh realities of the wilderness; of coming of age at all ages; and of the remarkable ways we force each other to survive. Braving a Southern California landscape both unforgivingly harsh and breathtakingly beautiful, Nola, Bridget, Vonn, and Wolf are faced with the questions of how much they will sacrifice for a stranger, and what it will take to bring them home.
THE MOUNTAIN STORY by Lori Lansens
Simon & Schuster — On Sale June 30, 2015 — 26.00 Hardcover
ISBN: 9781476786506eBook — ISBN: 9781476786629
Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife’s Tale comes a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain.
On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter, and somehow find the courage to carry on.
Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can’t put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he at last explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.