Daryl Farmer writes about parts of the country where dreams go to be born or to die, places where the most unforgiving landscape is the human heart. Set in the western United States and in the far reaches of Alaska, the stories of WHERE WE LAND give us characters trying hard to negotiate external and internal boundaries. They find themselves far beyond the edge of where and what they’ve been, and they’re working hard either to find their way home or to break new ground inside themselves.
“In the tradition of Jack London, Richard Ford and Annie Proulx, Daryl Farmer writes sublime western landscapes, rural and wild, that illuminate, threaten and redeem (sometimes all in the same lyric moment) the characters who inhabit them. Farmer’s people are beset with hard luck and big dreams involving grizzly bears and frozen places; their hearts are shuttered, but not silenced, and they look to wild things to tell them how to grow up, grow old, move on. Above all else, these twelve compelling and complex stories remind us that we come from the wilderness, and suggest it might behoove us to return.”–Pam Houston, author of CONTENTS MAY HAVE SHIFTED
“Daryl Farmer writes with brutal elegance and loving wonder about the misfits of Alaska, the stony, tree-studded, snowbound, diesel- and whiskey-soaked stage for the excellent stories in WHERE WE LAND.”–Ben Percy, author of THE DEAD LANDS, RED MOON, and THE WILDING
“The world often brutal and cold, Daryl Farmer’s stories act as a beautiful and potent study in survival. With elegant prose and indelible characters, these stories prove again and again, with a deep cry for warmth, that we are not alone as we struggle through the wilderness that is life. I found WHERE WE LAND wholly entertaining, masterfully crafted, moving and profound, and I admire this collection as much as any I’ve read in many years.”–Alan Heathcock, author of VOLT