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Praise for The Wildlands













1 of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now (O, The Oprah Magazine)
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1 of  101 Best Books of 2018 (So Far) (Real Simple)
One of the Best Fall Books of 2018 (Buzzfeed)

"In this staggering tale of loss intimate and ecological, Geni joins T. C. Boyle, Barbara Kingsolver, Annie Proulx, and Hannah Tinti in portraying humankind as both the planet’s most dangerous predator and one of myriad species vulnerable to ecodisasters of our own unintended devising. Riveting, provocative, and unforgettable." ―Booklist (starred review)

"Geni continues to create works of art with perfect voices that are simultaneously thrillers and meditations on nature. It is an incredible trick." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[An] acute and affecting follow-up to Geni’s award-winning debut novel, The Lightkeepers . . . Throughout, Geni enfolds multiple themes: how the well-intentioned can go horribly wrong, how childhood experiences shape us, and what family love really means and how it can vie with principle. Revealing its secrets gradually and dealing gracefully with tough issues, Geni’s work will satisfy a wide range of fiction readers.” —Library Journal (starred review)

"From the moment Abby Geni’s second novel starts, you know you’re in good hands." —USA Today

"The Wildlands is a hypnotizing page-turner." Hello Giggles


"Disasters both natural and personal are at the heart of Geni’s bold and adventurous latest . . . The novel is particularly notable for its interrogations of human relationships with the natural world, in keeping with Geni’s previous works. This is a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that will keep the reader turning the pages." ―Publishers Weekly

"Every scene of this cleverly plotted novel is drawn with complex prose, rich detail, and an authorial voice that wisely observes the human animal. Abby Geni is my new favorite writer." ―Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters 

"In her highly anticipated new novel, The Wildlands, a young man enlists in the ​“war between human beings and animals” — on behalf of the animals." ―In These Times

"Fast-paced and gripping to the last page, The Wildlands is a fascinating look at the tension between activism and fanaticism and between the human and animal worlds." ―PureWow

"Fast-paced and breathtaking, The Wildlands will transfix you from its opening natural disaster to its shocking and violent climax. In Abby Geni's hands, even a haircut becomes suspenseful. This book grabs you and won't let go." ―David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals 


"Geni is a masterful storyteller." ―New City

“In a novel with a locomotive plot and an urgent political timeliness, it’s a true testament to Abby Geni’s authorial prowess and big heart that the most memorable thing about this book is the love and determination of a family beset by tragedy. You’ll be a better, wiser person after you read this book. You’ll also be thrilled, from first page to last.” ―Peter Geye, author of Wintering


"In exquisite prose, Geni renders the ecstasy and anguish of familial love, and the ways it can lead us to the edges of who we imagine ourselves to be. A savage, glittering novel." ―Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home 

"Engrossing and so smart and introspective. Somehow Abby Geni does it all. Her language is gorgeous, and the relationships she builds between the McCloud siblings and how they relate to the world felt so real. I just fell into the story and couldn't put down this tense and heartbreaking novel." ―Catherine Bock, Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN)

Abby Geni is the absolute master of storytelling about the destructive beauty of nature and wildlife, and in The Wildlands she had my heart in my throat as she explores the battle between human and mother nature.” —Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)

“With skillful prose, you’ll sympathize with Cora, a girl who must learn how to differentiate between love and family.” —, 1 of 15 Awesome Books with Strong Female Protagonists

“Abby Geni seems to know something about humans and nature that the rest of us don’t. The Wildlands, like her previous novel, delves into the strange places in the psyche that can be revealed only at the extremes: tornado, disaster, isolation. Her stories are fascinating and enlarging, while also working as taut thrillers.” —Christie Olson Day, Gallery Bookshop (Mendocino, CA)

“Sometimes, more than parents or spouses, siblings are those with whom we share the greatest intimacies and the harshest family histories. Only the four McCloud siblings know how deep the loss of their father and family farm is to them all, especially Tucker, the brother who connected the most to the animals, so beloved by his deceased mother. More than a story of a family broken apart by a natural disaster, The Wildlands will have you discussing ecotourism, what it means to be loyal, and how far you’ll go to help your brother. This book is a spellbinding read you’ll become obsessed with... Bravo!” —Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)

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  • Finalist, the L.A. Times Book Prize, The Wildlands

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