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The Mountain Can Wait
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Tragedy erupts in an instant. Lives are shattered irrevocably. A young man drives off into the night, leaving a girl injured, perhaps fatally so. From that cliffhanger opening, Leipciger takes readers back and forward in time to tell the haunting story of one family's unraveling in rural logging country where the land is still the economic backbone.
Like the novels of Annie Proulx, this debut is rooted in richly detailed nature writing and sharply focused on small town mores and regional culture. Marrying the propulsive story of a father and son who, in the wake of catastrophe, must confront their private demons to reach for redemption with an evocative meditation on our environmental legacy, The Mountain Can Wait introduces Leipciger as an exciting talent.

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Sarah Leipciger. (2015). The Mountain Can Wait. Little, Brown and Company.

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Like the novels of Annie Proulx, this debut is rooted in richly detailed nature writing and sharply focused on small town mores and regional culture. Marrying the propulsive story of a father and son who, in the wake of catastrophe, must confront their private demons to reach for redemption with an evocative meditation on our environmental legacy, The Mountain Can Wait introduces Leipciger as an exciting talent.
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        In Leipciger's debut, a moody semitragedy set in Western Canada, the lives of a single father, who's never been able to express the love he feels for his children, and his son, who's made a catastrophic mistake and fears the consequences, circle around each other.The novel begins with the mistake, a hit-and-run accident. Curtis is driving alone late at night when he hits a girl walking along the road and leaves the scene, not sure if she's alive or dead. He leaves his job and hides out with a friend. When his father, Tom, stops by, Curtis screws up his courage to say, "I think I killed someone." But Tom assumes Curtis is referring to a girlfriend's abortion and goes back to his out-of-town job supervising a crew planting trees. Tom raised Curtis and his younger sister, Erin, after their mother, Elka, ran off shortly after Erin's birth. Tom searched for Elka but couldn't find her, and she died four years later. He has never totally recovered from the loss, and she remains throughout the novel a sad mystery, cherished in memory by Tom and her mother, Bobbie, who distrust each other. Tom, skilled at practical tasks, is clueless about human relationships. Neither his children nor the woman with whom he's romantically involved realize how much he cares for them. While Tom deals with crew problems on and off the job, not to mention an unfortunate dalliance with the planters' cook, Curtis goes on the run. Ending up on the isolated island where Elka was raised, he bonds with Bobbie, whom he's never met before. By then his disappearance has made him a suspect, and the police involve a reluctant Tom, who realizes that he ignored Curtis' cry for help early on. Written with painfully nuanced care that displays affection for nature and the laconic, working-class characters, the result is not a cheerful read but genuinely moving.

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        April 15, 2015
        A plot constructed around a fatal traffic accident and how it affects the lives of the driver, the victim, and both their families makes for a familiar tale, but Leipciger makes it almost secondary to the muted yet muscular story of a single father trying to atone for the failure of his marriage and the mistakes he made in raising his children. Logger Tom Berry is off in the vast Canadian woods, just barely hanging on to the management of a timber-reforestation project, when he learns that his son, Curtis, is wanted for questioning in a hit-and-run accident. Panicked and isolated, Curtis escapes to the only place that could possibly afford him some anonymity, the remote island cabin belonging to a grandmother he has never known. Teeming with the abiding sense of seclusion found only in deep, enveloping forests and on inaccessible islands, and redolent with the independence and eccentricity it takes to live in such an environment, Leipciger's stellar debut novel delicately parses a shattered family's chaotic journey to peace and recovery.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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