A taut and electrifying novel from celebrated bestselling author Lauren Groff, about one spirited girl alone in the wilderness, trying to survive.A servant girl escapes from a colonial settlement in the wilderness. She carries nothing with her...Read More
A taut and electrifying novel from celebrated bestselling author Lauren Groff, about one spirited girl alone in the wilderness, trying to survive.A servant girl escapes from a colonial settlement in the wilderness. She carries nothing with her but her wits, a few possessions, and the spark of god that burns hot within her. What she finds in this terra incognita is beyond the limits of her imagination and will bend her belief in everything that her own civilization has taught her.
Lauren Groff's new novel is at once a thrilling adventure story and a penetrating fable about trying to find a new way of living in a world succumbing to the churn of colonialism. The Vaster Wilds is a work of raw and prophetic power that tells the story of America in miniature, through one girl at a hinge point in history, to ask how--and if--we can adapt quickly enough to save ourselves.
Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, and Matrix, and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won the Story Prize and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Groff 's work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.
"I know of few other writers whose sentences are so beautiful and so propulsive. The girl embodies a furious onward motion, as does the prose." -- New York Times Book Review
"[A] thrilling historical adventure. . .the existential themes at the heart of Lauren Groff's fifth novel--the rawness of life, the precious inner-workings of nature, the drive to continue on in the face of challenges--are as timely as they come." --TIME
"Holds tension and sows mystery on every page." --Vulture
"Transcendent. Mesmerizing. Dazzling. Incandescent. Audacious....All of those descriptors are accurate and none of them are sufficient to describe just how spectacular [Groff's] new book is." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Lauren Groff just reinvented the adventure novel... Groff's world is Darwinian, but she doesn't chronicle the survival of the fittest; she convinces us instead that even the unluckiest among us can find a way to the blessings of peace, quiet and freedom." -- Los Angeles Times
"Glorious...Groff imagines a natural world where humans adapt to its contours rather than conquer them... We don't need a hero's tale of domination and plunder to fix the environment. We need more stories of how becoming part of the natural systems that surround us may help us survive. The Vaster Wilds is a terrific addition to a developing canon of our continued existence." --The Boston Globe
"Lilting, whispered...poetic" --Wall Street Journal
"Groff's fiction is usually identified as ecological and feminist, which it certainly is, but it is theological too...Nature is Groff's muse as well as her deity. Her prose, always alive and sensuous, is hit by an extra electrical charge...Groff has written the gospel." --The Atlantic