Book Launch Party: THE WILDLANDS by Abby Geni

Join us for the launch celebration in honor of The Wildlands by Abby Geni. For this event, Abby will be in conversation with Frances de Pontes Peebles. Register for this free event HERE.

When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds. Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and orphaned siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora made media headlines. This relentless national attention and the tornado's aftermath caused great tension with their brother, Tucker, who soon abandoned his sisters and disappeared.

On the three-year anniversary of the tornado, a cosmetics factory outside of Mercy is bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. Tucker reappears, injured from the blast, and seeks the help of nine-year-old Cora. Caught up in the thrall of her charismatic brother, whom she has desperately missed, Cora agrees to accompany Tucker on a cross-country mission to make war on human civilization.

Cora becomes her brother's unwitting accomplice, taking on a new identity while engaging in acts of escalating violence. Darlene works with Mercy police to find her siblings, leading to an unexpected showdown at a zoo in Southern California. The Wildlands is another remarkable literary thriller from critically acclaimed writer Abby Geni, one that examines what happens when one family becomes trapped in the tenuous space between the human and animal worlds.

Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Award for Best Fiction, as well as The Last Animal, an Indies Introduce Debut Authors selection and a finalist for the Orion Book Award. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Find out more at

Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, translated into nine languages and winner of the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the Michener–Copernicus Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant, Brazil’s Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, and was a Teaching Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her novel, The Seamstress, was adapted for film and mini-series in Brazil as Entre Irmãs. Her second novel, The Air You Breathe, is forthcoming in August 2018 from Riverhead Books.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
The Wildlands: A Novel By Abby Geni Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619022348
Published: Counterpoint - September 4th, 2018