Wilderness Paperback – Jun 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Once a month, at the full moon, the protagonist of this riveting debut novel--a Literary Guild alternate in cloth--locks herself inside her basement and turns into a wolf. Should she share her secret with a sensitive wildlife biologist?
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Beware the publisher's hype: it makes this lovely novel sound ridiculous. Primarily a story about the trials of love, Wilderness has as its heroine Alice White, a woman who has kept herself shut off emotionally because of a shameful secret. When she meets Erik, they fall in love and she decides to tell him who she really is--a werewolf. Of course he doesn't believe her, and their resulting soul-searching is painful to share. Alice's main concern was to be believed and, more important, accepted; so at Erik's rejection she decides actively to explore her animal half. Matters are complicated by Alice's inept psychiatrist and by Erik's ex-wife, who decides at this crucial time that she wants him back. Eventually, Erik realizes he loves Alice. The characters are all well rounded; we even get a glimpse of the pompous psychiatrist's empty home life. In no way a horror story, this book is as good as the publisher claims, but it is a pity that the promotion even mentions the "werewolf" theme. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/91.
-A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Well, this was a book I could not put down. It is well written, wise and insightful. Danvers makes the strange premise of the book somehow believable. You begin to wonder--well, what if? After all, don't we all have an animal nature, a dark side that we scarcely know? The only part of the book I found hard to believe was the unprofessional behavior of the psychiatrist.
So, run out to the woods and howl--no, no--buy this book and read it, nooooooow!
It is in essence a romantic and languidly elegant love story whose heroine,"Alice White"is a werewolf who in her childhood tore out the throat of a would be rapist.Now an adult she works in a travel agency,takes courses at the local University and manages to maintain her emotional distance from the world while enjoying an active sex life.She keeps her transformations into
werewolfdom a secret by a self-imposed solitude at key times.She then meets and falls in love with "Erik Summers"a biologist from the University and confides in him.Understandably he is sceptical ,thinking her in need of therapy.Alice leaves him and vanishes into the wilderness where he pursues her
The wilderness of the title is not simply the wilds of nature but also a reference to the untamed and hostile areas of the human mind and soul When love is involved ,and only when love is involved, can science and the forces which science cannot explain come to live together.This seems to be the message to this complelling book .It is a work low in gore and viscerality and its tone is cerebral and detached avoiding the usual genre cliches
Enjoyable and worth the time of anyone who likes the quiet horror of such as Grant and Wright
Alice White has this little problem - she's a werewolf. Nobody believes her, despite the fact that a man she was alone with several years back during a full moon was killed by some unidentified kind of dog. Even her psychiatrist thinks she's merely projecting a fantasy.
Now, Alice is ready to give up her lonely life of one-night stands, having met her great love in college instructor Erik Summers. She wants to tell him - but how? Complicating matters are the fact that Alice's psychiatrist has a secret hankering for her, and Erik's ex-wife wants him back. Alice learns self-hypnosis to control her transformations for Erik's sake, but with all the various little love triangles afoot, it isn't too long before raging hormones start taking over, and...
...oh, I'm sorry, I'm sure you'd rather take the ride, yourself. It's well worth it. This is the sort of story Anne Rice often attempts and rarely quite succeeds at.
Most recent customer reviews
Stories about werewolf's have always been great stories. In the case of Wilderness, Alice White is the werewolf. She knkows who she is but does'nt want to be who she is. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2001 by Paul
This is a book about an ordinary situation with extraordinary quirks. Alice White is a werewolf. She seeks out someone who can help her and ends up with shrink. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2001