Wild Mountain

Winner of the Vermont Writer’s Prize

Vermonter Mona Duval loves the covered bridge beside her store. She loves local history and the rugged, rural nature of her home state. But when an ice storm collapses the bridge, she is bereft. Frank MacFarland, a seasonal resident who is beguiled by Mona, lends his political expertise to help rebuild the bridge. But they meet with powerful opposition. Tensions arise in the town, compounded by resistance to the soon-to-be-voted on Freedom to Marry bill. And then, unexpectedly, Mona’s abusive ex-husband arrives. Wild Mountain is a page-turning, beautifully written novel about the love between Frank and Mona, the love of place, freedom to marry, and freedom from the past, by a writer whose  prose has been compared to Alice Munro’s.

Praise of the work of Nancy Hayes Kilgore:
“Vibrant…evocative…treads the same territory as Alice Munro”–Seven Days

“– brings to life the tensions that arise when a new minister is taken on by a congregation mired in its traditions.” –C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor, The Atlantic

Advance Praise for Wild Mountain:

Nancy Kilgore skillfully peels away the layers of what might otherwise be a quaint town inVermont. She has keen insight into human strength and frailty and unleashes a cauldron of history, magic, secrets, petty politics flavored with the Freedom to Marry bill, and love. A fine book by a talented writer.” —Jacqueline Sheehan, NYTimes bestselling author of A Tiger in the House

“I loved everything about this book. The interesting characters and how they relate to each other; and the importance of not only those individuals, but the importance of place.”  —Leanne Milliman, librarian on Netgalley.com

“The places and characters are so vivid and real, I felt like I was there with them. I wanted to wrap the story around myself like a coat.”   —Kim Church, author of Byrd 

“This warm-hearted and compulsively readable love story is the perfect accompaniment for a summer afternoon or a cozy winter night beside the woodstove. With its wry good humor, deftly-painted characters, and vivid rural settings, Wild Mountain captures the essence of life in small-town Vermont.”  —Tim Weed, author of A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing

“In Wild Mountain, Mona Duval has concocted a tidy life for herself in the rural town of Wild Mountain, Vermont. Escaped (mostly) from a bad marriage, she runs a general store next to an historic covered bridge—a bridge she loves so much, she literally wrote the book on its history. When an ice storm collapses the century-old bridge, Mona’s life begins to unravel with it. Wild Mountain tells a tale of small-town politics and mountain lore. Above all, this book is about passion, whether it be for a land, a cause, a state, or a person. Follow an engaging cast of characters through a turning point in Wild Mountain’s history, as uncertain as the reader what lies ahead. This is Kilgore’s second novel. Her first book, Sea Level, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year and an excerpt was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Kilgore was 2016’s winner of the Vermont Writer’s Prize. A pastoral psychotherapist, she lives in Vermont and expresses her passion for nature, spirituality, and psychology through writing.” —Jeanette Stokes, Words & Spirit, RCWMS

“Presenting small-town life with strong descriptive prose and empathy, Kilgore eventually arrives at a heartening message of reconciliation.” —Margot Harrison, SevenDays
About the Author

Nancy Hayes Kilgore, a writer and psychotherapist, and was 2016’s winner of the Vermont Writer’s Prize. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, Sea Level, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She lives in Vermont with her husband, a painter, and expresses her passion for nature, spirituality, and psychology through writing.Author’s website: nancykilgore.com.

Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-9987012-3-3   Price: 19.95
Format: Trade Paperback    Page Count:  304
Available from:  Midpoint, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Parson Weems
First Print Run: 1,500    BISACS:  FIC044000 FICTION Contemporary Women

The author is represented by Caitlin Hamilton Marketing
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