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Ron Carlson's taut prose will keep you on the edge of your seat as Mack and his soon-to-be ex-wife journey one last time into the backcountry of the Wind River Range. But what his wife doesn't know is that he has a secret — one that puts them both in unimaginable danger.
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Publisher Comments:

Ron Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed Five Skies, is an award-winning writer beloved by booksellers, reviewers, and readers alike. His most thrilling book to date, The Signal follows the story of Mack and Vonnie, a married couple who, after ten years together, are taking their last hike in the mountains of Wyoming to say goodbye to their relationship and to each other.

As the troubled and tragic elements of their past gradually come to light over the course of their journey, Mack keeps a secret: he is tracking a signal, sent via a beacon that has fallen from the sky, that will lead them both into a wood far darker than they have ever imagined.

Review:

"The Signal accelerates like an avalanche...If men can't be brought back to fiction by books as fine as this one, it's their own damn fault." The Washington Post

Review:

"The Signal takes us into terrain that's stunning and terrible. In doing so, it becomes both an elegy to a broken marriage and a heart- stopping, suspenseful thriller. It's a difficult journey, but relax: with Ron Carlson, you really are in expert hands." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Read Ron Carlson's latest The Signal and you'll be convinced that the answer to your worries resides in the woods, in getting back to the basics... It's a sweet, tidy little book about a broken rancher. And yet it won't just help you pass the time, it will help you out." Esquire

Synopsis:

Backpacking into the Wind River Mountains on their tenth annual trip, Mack and his wife, Vonnie, find the magnificent woods and stunning mountains of Wyoming full of ghosts and danger. Mack comes from a long line of ranchers, and his dedication to keeping the family land has led him into penury and a life of crime. Vonnie is a fiercely intelligent and headstrong woman who came west for love, only to have it stolen from her bit by bit. They've made the trip to say goodbye to each other, but as they navigate the trails they know so well, they come to understand the true nature of their wounds. And Mack has one more secret: he is receiving a signal that will allow him to retrieve something that has fallen from the sky. It is a beacon that will lead them into a wood far darker than any they'd ever imagined.

Synopsis:

Carlson's love for the mountains and his mastery of fiction radiate in the pages of this thrilling, fast-paced love story.

Synopsis:

"The Signal accelerates like an avalanche...If men can't be brought back to fiction by books as fine as this one, it's their own damn fault."

-The Washington Post

Ron Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed Five Skies, is an award-winning writer beloved by booksellers, reviewers, and readers alike. His most thrilling book to date, The Signal follows the story of Mack and Vonnie, a married couple who, after ten years together, are taking their last hike in the mountains of Wyoming to say goodbye to their relationship and to each other. As the troubled and tragic elements of their past gradually come to light over the course of their journey, Mack keeps a secret: he is tracking a signal, sent via a beacon that has fallen from the sky, that will lead them both into a wood far darker than they have ever imagined.

About the Author

Ron Carlson is the award-winning author of four story collections and four novels, most recently Five Skies. His fiction has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy, and GQ, and has been featured on NPR's This American Life and Selected Shorts as well as in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His novella, Beanball, was recently selected for Best American Mystery Stories. He is the director of the UC Irvine writing program and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143117551
Author:
Carlson, Ron
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.80x5.70x.53 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 192 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143117551 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Ron Carlson's taut prose will keep you on the edge of your seat as Mack and his soon-to-be ex-wife journey one last time into the backcountry of the Wind River Range. But what his wife doesn't know is that he has a secret — one that puts them both in unimaginable danger.

"Review" by , "The Signal accelerates like an avalanche...If men can't be brought back to fiction by books as fine as this one, it's their own damn fault." The Washington Post

"Review" by , "The Signal takes us into terrain that's stunning and terrible. In doing so, it becomes both an elegy to a broken marriage and a heart- stopping, suspenseful thriller. It's a difficult journey, but relax: with Ron Carlson, you really are in expert hands."
"Review" by , "Read Ron Carlson's latest The Signal and you'll be convinced that the answer to your worries resides in the woods, in getting back to the basics... It's a sweet, tidy little book about a broken rancher. And yet it won't just help you pass the time, it will help you out."
"Synopsis" by , Backpacking into the Wind River Mountains on their tenth annual trip, Mack and his wife, Vonnie, find the magnificent woods and stunning mountains of Wyoming full of ghosts and danger. Mack comes from a long line of ranchers, and his dedication to keeping the family land has led him into penury and a life of crime. Vonnie is a fiercely intelligent and headstrong woman who came west for love, only to have it stolen from her bit by bit. They've made the trip to say goodbye to each other, but as they navigate the trails they know so well, they come to understand the true nature of their wounds. And Mack has one more secret: he is receiving a signal that will allow him to retrieve something that has fallen from the sky. It is a beacon that will lead them into a wood far darker than any they'd ever imagined.
"Synopsis" by , Carlson's love for the mountains and his mastery of fiction radiate in the pages of this thrilling, fast-paced love story.
"Synopsis" by ,
"The Signal accelerates like an avalanche...If men can't be brought back to fiction by books as fine as this one, it's their own damn fault."

-The Washington Post

Ron Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed Five Skies, is an award-winning writer beloved by booksellers, reviewers, and readers alike. His most thrilling book to date, The Signal follows the story of Mack and Vonnie, a married couple who, after ten years together, are taking their last hike in the mountains of Wyoming to say goodbye to their relationship and to each other. As the troubled and tragic elements of their past gradually come to light over the course of their journey, Mack keeps a secret: he is tracking a signal, sent via a beacon that has fallen from the sky, that will lead them both into a wood far darker than they have ever imagined.

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