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The Mountain Story is People Magazine’s Book of the Week
“A moving portrait of the human spirit – as fierce, lovely and indomitable as nature itself.”

Elle Magazine Canada choses The Mountain Story and describes Lansens as poised to “accept the literary crown.”


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INSIGHT

Author Lori Lansens, pictured at her home in California. “God and Father Charlie were inextricably bound for me then,” she writes, reflecting on her childhood in Chatham, Ont. “That confusing incident in the rectory stole them both, and made me question everything that I’d ever believed.”
RENE MACURA FOR THE TORONTO STAR

Author Lori Lansens, pictured at her home in California. “God and Father Charlie were inextricably bound for me then,” she writes, reflecting on her childhood in Chatham, Ont. “That confusing incident in the rectory stole them both, and made me question everything that I’d ever believed.”

By: Lori Lansens Special to the Star, Published on Fri Mar 20 2015
I stared at the first question on the author’s questionnaire — deceptively straightforward. How did your upbringing shape you as a writer? The question comes up a lot for novelists on the book tour, mostly from interviewers who haven’t read the book. It’s a good starting point for discussion either way. In the past I’ve given the short, digestible answer — the truth, but only half of it.

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2015/03/20/father-charlie-had-curious-hands.html


*THE MOUNTAIN STORY chosen as book of the month for Whitcoulls, New Zealand based nation-wide bookstore. TBR May 2015.
“As in her earlier novels, Lansens (The Wife’s Tale, 2010) 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

“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

“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 

The Mountain Story 

“The Mountain Story is the best kind of binge read: exhilarating, inspiring and life-affirming.”

—Quill and Quire
*starred review

My titles for this go-round of Editors’ Picks feature families in assorted configurations and in various states of grace, but the reunions refer to my catching up with wonderful writers I’ve enjoyed over the years. The latest title from Lori Lansens, author of that most miraculous novel The Girls (LJ 3/1/06), is The Mountain Story(Gallery, May; LJ 2/1/15). A recent transplant from Michigan to California, Wolf Truly is looking to make his 18th birthday his last, as he takes the tramcar to the top of Angel’s Peak. Somehow, though, Wolf becomes the de facto guide for three women lost on the trail who seem almost as unprepared for their time on the mountain as a person who doesn’t expect to return. 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

 

The Wife’s Tale 

The Girls

  • A Flare magazine Book of the Month
  • A longlist nominee for the Orange Broadband Prize 2007
  • A 2007 Richard & Judy Bookclub selection
  • Featured in Vogue, June 2006
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Wall Street Journal Summer Reads Pick for 2006
  • The #1 Booksense Pick for May 2006
  • A Toronto Star Best Read for 2005 

 

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