WILDERNESS--published in English, French and Italian--is available at your local independent bookstore as well as on Amazon.
AMERICAN MARCHLANDS is currently available in French and can be found in French bookstores as well as on Amazon.fr.
Where to buy WILDERNESS and AMERICAN MARCHLANDS
Thirty-five years after the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, Abel Truman has found his way to the edge of the continent, the rugged, majestic coast of Washington state, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog.
WILDERNESS is the story of Abel, now an old and ailing man, and his final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. It's a quest that he has little hope of completing but must undertake to settle matters of the heart that predate even the horrors of the war.
Lance Weller's second novel is set in the pre-Civil War 1840s, in a time of American expansion westward when venturing beyond the defined borders of the United States was akin to stepping off into a moral void, a lawless, barely-charted marchland, a cauldron visited regularly by violence and atrocity.
The American West was ferociously contested by pioneers, outlaws, Indian tribes, the US Army, runaway slaves, scalp hunters, and dispossessed Mexican nationals, each vainly staking their claim to a piece of it only to be challenged by another.
It is into this savage land that Tom Hawkins rode, a killer before his 18th birthday. With him travels Pigsmeat Spence, the haunted participant in the massacre of native women and children during the Black Hawk War, a man still mourning the loss of his beloved wife, and Flora, the beautiful slave abused by her now-dead master and herself a killer of men, each of them together seeking to make his or her own way in the world, to pursue their elusive dreams of freedom.