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Publisher's Summary

The lives of two women - the sole survivor of an airplane crash and the troubled park ranger leading the rescue mission - collide in this "gripping" (Vogue), "heart-pounding" (NPR), and "highly original" (LA Times) novel of tough-minded resilience.

Longlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize
A New York Times New and Noteworthy Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book of January

The sole survivor of a plane crash, 72-year-old Cloris Waldrip is lost and alone in the unforgiving wilderness of Montana's rugged Bitterroot Range, exposed to the elements with no tools beyond her wits and ingenuity. Intertwined with her story is Debra Lewis, a park ranger struggling with addiction and a recent divorce who is galvanized by her new mission to find and rescue Cloris.

As Cloris wanders mountain forests and valleys, subsisting on whatever she can scavenge, her hold on life ever more precarious, Ranger Lewis and her motley group of oddball rescuers follow the trail of clues she's left behind. Days stretch into weeks, and hope begins to fade. But with nearly everyone else giving up, Ranger Lewis stays true until the end.

Dramatic and morally complex, Kingdomtide is a story of the decency and surprising resilience of ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances. In powerful, exquisite prose, debut novelist Rye Curtis delivers an inspiring account of two unforgettable characters whose heroism reminds us that survival is only the beginning. 

©2020 Rye Curtis (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Gloriously unexpected...A deep and surprising debut...Cloris' survival narration is exciting, with devastating vistas and a mysterious savior in the form of a possible fugitive, but her musings on her past life and life in general are some of the book's very best moments." (Annie Bostrom, Booklist)

"A darkly humorous debut...A captivating survival story...By turns thrilling, poignant, and hilarious, Kingdomtide is carried along by Cloris Waldrip's irresistible first-person narration. She is so matter-of-fact, wry, and indomitable it's not hard to imagine she's a granddaughter of True Grit's Mattie Ross...This is a promising first novel." (Kirkus Reviews)

"An intense debut...72-year-old Cloris Waldrip's grueling attempt to survive and escape is depicted with vivid urgency.... Her gritty, nightmarish story, as well as her strong voice and personality, will make her a reader favorite.... This story of survival will keep readers quickly turning the pages." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Crazy, Crazier, Craziest

Was it the CRAZIEST bunch of CHARACTERS or was it the CRAZIEST STORY ever or was I CRAZY to keep listening ? ! ?
This book kept getting more weird page by page... It did therefore have that ability to stick in your brain.
Without giving away to story it is definitely a CRAZY listen!
Hello to Rye Curtis for keeping the story moving all over the map of a person's mind ! It was a good Winter listen that made you appreciate your nice warm home and life !

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Captivating

This story keeps you interested through the end. The writing is superb and thoughtful. I couldn’t stop listening. I highly recommend this great new author!

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Characters fantastic 🤗

Fell in love with the elderly gossiping protagonists.
Reminded me of summers at my grandma’s house!!!

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Incredible Journey -- emotionally/psychologically

The story of these two women -- both survivors in their own way -- is humorous and the stuff of nightmares. I was hooked from page one and made it through the nine hour recording in just three days. Rye Curtis is an incredible talent. His protagonist, Cloris Waldrip, and I share similar upbringings in the Texas Panhandle. Curtis' has the language of the area and the cadence of its people down to a tee. Too bad the actor narrating her part did not. The audible actor sounded as if she was from a southern state -- Texas is South West. In addition, Texas is such a large state that there are distinct accents within the state's many regions -- someone from the Hill Country, for instance, can hear the special drawl of an east texan and the exaggerated, drawn-out "eeye" vowels coming through words spoken by a Panhandle native.

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