Charlotte Bridger Drummond is an outrageous early-twentieth century feminist, a cigar-smoking, trousered, bicycling, scandal-embracing mother of five sons who supports her household in the Columbia River town of Skamokawa, Washington, by writing adventure stories and scientific romances featuring intrepid girl heroes. When her housekeeper’s granddaughter goes lost from a remote logging camp, Charlotte travels into the mountains to join the search, and to investigate the truth of a report that the child was abducted by a legendary Mountain Giant. The search takes her into a wild landscape of lava sinkholes and ancient forest, on an extraordinary journey into the wilderness that lies at the center of the human heart.
“Bold and inventive…” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Stunning” —Denver Post
“Gloss’s exhilarating tale cajoles us into asking what it means to be alive on this teeming sphere.” —Chicago Tribune
“A masterpiece” —Kirkus