I may have loved this book more than others would as it is set in my neck of the woods, but it should be noted that Molly Gloss' prose is just stupendous. The landscape of the narrative is rich with local history; she obviously did her homework, down to the flora of the region.
The story is intriguing, of course, a character study of an extraordinary woman in a wild place, living a wild area, on an astonishing journey.
Takes you right to the mountains where it is written. Excellent book.
This book looked fantastic: a woman ahead of her times (in the early 20th century) goes into the wilds of the logging industry of the Pacific Northwest to help find her servant's granddaughter, who has gone missing while visiting her father. Charlotte, the woman ahead of her times, goes missing herself and is taken in by a group of ... neanderthals? Half-humans? No one's sure what.
Because this story is told in diary form, it has room for the story to meander and wander. And it does, particularly when the tension should be getting high. For that reason, I didn't finish it, but the others who read my copy and commented on it at BookCrossing.com said that the last third of the book picks up again and turns into a fantastic read.
The subject matter of the Pacific Northwest lumbermen and women's lifes at the beginning of the century, of a feminist woman and her feminist mother, and Sasquatch type animal/humans with whom she lives is very well written, and an adventure that will keep you turning the pages. Plus the book is anchored in historical reality. All the going back and forth between the mother and daughter was very confusing and distracting. Nonetheless if you are interested in cultural anthropolgy, you will marvel at the experiences the protagonist has while living with the wild men/apes of legend. It opened my eyes to new possibilites.
history and adventure in the forests (logged out of existence)of the Northwest about a progressive, independent woman who gets lost and found