Book pick: ‘Wilderness’ fascinating look at woman who turns into a wolf April 11, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, Reviews/summaries.
Tags: Dennis Danvers, Wilderness, wolves
If it weren’t for Twitter, I wouldn’t have found Dennis Danvers‘ WILDERNESS, a low-key, but fascinating story about a woman who says she turns into a wolf. Someone mentioned the title in a Tweet, and I found it in the bookstore in the science-fiction section with a rather risque cover. Don’t let the cover put you off. WILDERNESS is a thoughtful but sensual story that makes you wonder “what it?”
The novel’s heroine — Alice White — is a loner. She lives by herself. Doesn’t have any friends. She’s got a job as a travel agent — who never travels. And the only intimate contact she allows with other humans is the occasional one-night stand with guys she picks up at the bar.
Alice keeps her distance from other people because she doesn’t want them to know her secret. Once a month at the full moon, she locks herself in her basement and turns into a wolf. She even brings a big bag of dog kibble down before the change so she’ll have something to eat.
Alice hasn’t totally kept her secret. She is seeing a psychiatrist, who is starting to fall in love with her. (And he’s married.) Does her shrink believe her or just think she’s nuts? It doesn’t matter because she meets Erik Summers, a wildlife biologist, who is going through a divorce. Alice and Erik are attracted to each other, but does Alice dare tell him she can turn into a wolf? And when she’s fallen in love with him — even though his ex-wife is trying to win him back — should she still risk her heart by telling him the truth?
The most intriguing parts in the story come when Alice is in her wolf form. She is almost a different character — and not in the scary werewolf way we often read about.
In the end, Danvers, who originally published this story in 1991, but it was just re-released, is reminding his readers about love and commitment. Can you/will you love the person you think you want to be with despite their differences?
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