Wilderness; A Novel, by Lance Weller
Wilderness; A novel by Lance Weller.
Thirty-five years after the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the edge of the continent, to the rugged coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his dog. Now old and ailing, he sets out on a final trek over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. It's a journey he has little hope of completing but must undertake to settle matters of the heart. Stalked along the way by thugs with an interest in his dog, Abel walks a path lit by memories - of people who have shown him compassion, who nursed him and saved him, during the horrific war and after. Abel has never seen himself as a hero, but as he makes his way, battered by the elements through the largely unpopled wilds, every encounter might still change the course of a life."