Graphic the Valley
Peter Brown Hoffmeister
This book a not the typically genre I will choose. When I realized that the setting was that of the Yosemite Valley I could not resist. I have so many memories in that park and I could not wait to experience the park though someone else’s eyes.
It has been a long time since I read a book so beautiful. I was memorized by the history of Yosemite Valley woven into a story of a boy who finds himself unable to leave. I was so captivated by the plot that I found this book hard to stop and often was left with tears in my eyes. I would not be surprised if the book eventually received awards worthy of its authentically created prose. If you are looking for an emotional read, a physical awareness, or a spiritual awakening, then you have found the right book.
I am speechless and I am honored.
graphic /’grafik/ : giving a vivid picture with explicit details or rocks having a surface texture resembling cuneiform writing
” Tenaya has never left the Valley. He was born in a car by the Merced River, and grew up in a hidden camp with his parents, surviving on fish, acorns, and unfinished food thrown away by the park’s millions of tourists. But despite its splendor, Tenaya’s Yosemite is a visceral place of opposites, at once beautiful, dangerous, and violent. When he meets Lucy, a young woman from the south side of the park, Tenaya must choose between this new relationship and the Valley, terrorism and legend, the sacred versus the material.
In this modern retelling of Samson and Delilah, the Yosemite Valley becomes the object of a graphic world where mythical strength, worldly greed, love, lust, and epic destruction come together.
Peter Hoffmeister is the author of LET THEM BE EATEN BY BEARS: A Fearless Guide to Taking Young People Into the Outdoors (Perigee, 2013) and his memoir THE END OF BOYS (Soft Skull, 2010), and is a writer for The Huffington Post, Climbing Magazine, Rock and Ice Magazine, Gripped Magazine, among others. His fiction collection, Loss, won the 2006 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and his essay, “How to Break Up With Your Climbing Partner”, won the Rock and Ice National Bloggers’ Brawl. He’s been rock climbing in Yosemite for the past decade, and is a dirtbag, raft guide, teacher, and survivalist. “
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