At 99 years old, Weldon Applegate tells his coming of age story in classic tall-tale fashion. The son of a lumberjack, Weldon inherits the “Lost Lot,” a piece of seemingly untamable land desired by the infamous – and diabolical – Linden Laughlin, who will do anything to get what he wants. Set in the small town of Cordelia on the edge of modernization, be swept away to a place of old magic and legends amidst the snowy mountains, and follow Weldon as he fights to defend his family legacy. If you love a good yarn full of wit, charm, and poetic turns of phrase, then put this at the top of your booklist.
-Rachel— From Rachel's Recs
From singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, a lyrical, sweeping novel about a young boy's coming-of-age during the last days of the lumberjacks.
In the tiny timber town of Cordelia, Idaho, ninety-nine year old Weldon Applegate recounts his life in all its glory, filled with tall tales writ large with murder, mayhem, avalanches and bootlegging. It's the story of dark pine forests brewing with ancient magic, and Weldon's struggle as a boy to keep his father's inherited timber claim, the Lost Lot, from the ravenous clutches of Linden Laughlin.
Ever since young Weldon stepped foot in the deep Cordelia woods as a child, he dreamed of joining the rowdy ranks of his ancestors in their epic axe-swinging adventures. Local legend says their family line boasts some of the greatest lumberjacks to ever roam the American West, but at the beginning of the twentieth century, the jacks are dying out, and it's up to Weldon to defend his family legacy.
Braided with haunting saloon tunes and just the right dose of magic, The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All is a novel bursting with heart, humor and an utterly transporting adventure that is sure to sweep you away into the beauty of the tall snowy mountain timber.