In this poignant spiritual novel that echoes the emotional resonance of The Glass Castle and Running with Scissors, an unexpected reunion at a remote lakeside camp in the Maine woods offers the possibility of reconciliation and healing for a man and his fractured family.
For years, Paul Strand has been estranged from his family. But when his mother's escalating Alzheimer's disease creates a crisis that calls him home, he's pressured into hosting a reunion he's avoided for decades in the one place he thought his family would never return to: the rural state park in Maine where his little sister drowned years before on a family vacation.
Over the course of ten days of guiding his family over difficult terrain, Paul finds himself torn between his desire for isolation and the need to reconnect with the only people who can make him whole. But after a lifetime of separation, is the painful chasm between them—and within Paul's own soul—too deep to overcome?
Bryan Wiggins's beautifully rendered novel illuminates the mysterious power of the wilderness and the resiliency of the human spirit to heal in the wake of devastating trauma.
|File size:||2 MB|
About the Author
Bryan Wiggins is a Maine-based author whose works have been published in Canoe & Kayak, Sea Kayaker, and The Maine Review. He is the host of The Pine Cone Writers' Den, a Maine novelist’s collective, and regularly speaks at forums such as the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and The Muse and the Marketplace literary conference in Boston. For the past thirty-four years, Bryan has made annual backcountry pilgrimages to explore the rugged mountain landscape that serves as the setting for his novel, Autumn Imago. Visit him at WigginsCreative.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wiggin's descriptive talent is incredible! I could feel and smell the woods and water the story was inspirational as well
Fantastic writing involving family disfunction all to common today. Keep up the great work .
Hard to put down. The descriptions of Kidney pond and the trails gave a perfect mental image as the backdrop for an estranged family trying to learn about each other...only to find unconditional love.
The good & the bad parts of family life well told. A touching story about a family with real life problems & how they dealt with it,
In “Autumn Imago”, Wiggins brings his talents as a poet, artist and author together in a unique novel which grabs the heart and mind. Wiggins paints with words. Much of his story is set in Baxter State Park in Maine. Clearly, he knows the park well, having his own personal connection with the place for over 30 years. Wiggins’ artistry and passion, allows you to feel like you are there. While fiction, this story is real, genuine, and powerful. Sometimes in the middle of a beautiful day, the sky darkens suddenly, and we find ourselves in the midst of a terrible storm. We know that's the way life is, and a family’s different reactions to an unexpected storm explore the reality of life and the very real questions we ask ourselves. In the face of tragedy, do we run to something or run away from everything? This book touched me deeply in a personal way. One meaning of the word “Imago” is an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life. When this image is shattered, is healing possible? I am hooked and looking forward to more books by this talented author who clearly has something to say.