IN WILDERNESS is:

 I'm honored to announce that in June In Wilderness was awarded First Place for Adult Fiction in the National Federation of Press Women's 0216 Communications Contest.

In April, the book had taken First Place in the New Mexico NFPW competition and been named First Runner Up for that state's Zia Book Award, given every three years for a work of adult fiction.

The paperback edition of In Wilderness came out in February 2016, with a beautiful sunset-colored cover, an Author Interview conducted by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christena Baker Kline, and three pages of blurbs!!

I'm delighted to report that In Wilderness was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "10 Great Summer Thrillers" of 2015!! See the June 12, 2015, issue.

Reading/discussing In Wilderness at OP CIT BOOKS
Santa Fe Railyard, 3 p.m., May 2, 2015.

In Wilderness was named a Random House Australia "Book of the Month" for April, 2015

In Wilderness has been named an Amazon "Best Book" for March 2015.

I'm reading from In Wilderness at the Georgia Center for the Book, March 2, 2015, in Atlanta.


Savannah Book FestivalFEBRUARY 14, 2015

BOOK LAUNCH IN SAVANNAH FOR IN WILDERNESS. Reading from and discussing In Wilderness at the 8th annual SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL
Savannah, Georgia, 10:20 a.m. Thanks go to Tom and Diane Oxnard for their generous sponsorship of this first official In Wilderness event.

 

 

Prepublication Magazine Reviews

"Thomas writes hauntingly of obsession and survival in this dark, unusual love story set in the 1960s....SHe offers a deep and unforgettable look into how tragedy and madness can shape lives. Written from the points of view of two suffering people, the story takes on an almost surreal, lyrical quality. Riveting and raw."-- Publishers Weekly

Thomas writes with richness, describing the natural world as viscerally as she does the interior lives of these two intense characters. The wilderness around them is shaped by their perceptions, even as it holds out the promise of healing. VERDICT: Recommended for readers who also like the raw, honest writing of Amy Bloom or Amanda Coplin." -- Library Journal

"Thomas has written a gripping novel powered by genuine suspense and driven forward by two characters whose lives readers cannot look away from. A memorable story of an isolated, beautiful place and of two people trying to make sense of the world they have chosen to live in," -- Booklist

 

Authors Praise In Wilderness

"Not my usual thing, which makes me say it all the louder, I love, love, love this book -- the fearless and unflinching story of two extraordinary, vivid people alone in a vast, pristine wilderness. With genuine suspense and a wonderfully empowering ending. Altogether spectacular." -- Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A harrowing exploration of desire and obsession, this novel sends two people into a physical and psychological wilderness that becomes stranger and more terrifying the deeper they go."—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

"In Wilderness is an often harrowing story of a love affair between two damaged people, but it is also a paean to the healing powers of nature. Diane Thomas has written an extraordinary novel filled with both darkness and light."—Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New Your Times bestselling author of Serena and The Cove

"A mad, haunting, dreamlike story of love, obsession, and wildness. Diane Thomas mixes elegant prose with raw emotion. This novel is unforgettable."—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

"Diane Thomas writes like a woman in a fever dream, clashing two wasted, achingly lonely souls together to create sparks that become an all-consuming wildfire. The desolate inner landscapes of Danny and Katherine stand in stark opposition to the beauty of the natural world that Thomas so expertly evokes, and I found myself riveted as they stumbled in their broken way towards connection and their own humanity. Heartbreaking, bold, relentless, and intensely erotic, ˆ is the work of a true original."—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else's Love Story

"Incantatory, dreamlike, simultaneously harsh and beautiful, In Wilderness is a striking portrait of both physical and psychological healing. In part a return to the Garden of Eden and in part an exploration of our darkest fears, this astonishing novel radiates power from beginning to end."—Frank Huyler, author of Right of Thirst and The Laws of Invisible Things

"The story—the writing—stands out as some of the most original and dynamic work I've ever read...an intensely powerful cat-and-mouse love story as gorgeous and brutal as its Appalachian mountain setting. I devoured every word."—Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret

"Utterly compelling . . . Thomas brings a zen-like sensibility to her descriptions of the natural world and to the simple everyday matters of living. The two main characters are delineated with a similar keen precision and the dark obsession ignited by their inevitable collision builds relentlessly to a breathtaking climax."—Vicki Lane, author of Under the Skin

"Diane Thomas' In Wilderness is a hypnotic novel. One reads and watches the two principal characters moving toward a climax that is impossible to resist – for the characters themselves, or for the reader. This is a story about many things: fate, nature, illness and the power of healing. The best novels put us under a particular spell and this is a fine novel and the spell is a deep one."—Joseph Monninger, author of Eternal on the Water

"A mesmerixing literary ballet, a dazzling dance of language revealing a story of fear and fragility, madness and passion, and hauntingly performed by two of the most memorable characters to appear in recent American literature. This is a great, great read."—Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog and The Book of Marie

Blog and Amazon Reviews - Selected Excerpts

May 6, 2015 -- "An original and exquisite story set in the wilds of north Georgia in the Sixties. Lovely descriptive writing. This is a completely new exploration of sexual obsession, loneliness, love and terror. A phenominal read, recommended for book clubs." -- Christine Mason