now online at Q&Q's website. I really can't recommend this novel enough to readers who really dig hyper-realistic yet lyrical fiction. This was another example of a novel with a setting I'm not overly interested in (the wilds of nature) and yet still managed to absolutely enthrall me. It's also quite rare to see a writer take on the softer (no pun intended) aspects of thwarted masculinity, and Shepard handles his subject matter both boldly and bravely. Definitely a writer to watch.