Reviews and blurbs:
“This fascinating novel is both an outsider’s coming-of-age story … and a deeper meditation on the beauty of the wild world … the images, sometimes mythic … are unforgettable … .Passionately conceived, arrestingly original, this will be life changing for some readers.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“The author of the acclaimed memoir The End of Boys and award-winning fiction collection Loss has written an excellent coming-of-age debut novel. He skillfully interweaves the story of modern-day life in Yosemite with the the area’s turbulent and tragic history in the 1850s when Native Americans lost control of the land…the book’s sense of place is strong, capturing Yosemite’s wild beauty. Both adult and mature young adult readers and lovers of literary ecofiction will enjoy this fast-paced love story.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“With refreshingly fundamental first person narration and unusual character development, stripped in knowledge and language of anything but the necessary, each page of this novel illuminates its reader’s imagination with both tenacity and innocence.” —Publishers Weekly
“He is no spoonfeeder, this writer. [Hoffmeister] has no time for, no patience with, commonplace storytelling, obvious frames… I think of James Joyce…He’s a remarkable writer, this Hoffmeister, but he’s not an easy one. Easy doesn’t interest him. And I am glad for that.” — Beth Kephart, National Book Award finalist, author of Small Damages
“Part The Jungle Book, part The Monkey Wrench Gang, Graphic…holds quietly disturbing imagery.” — Willamette Week
“In Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s GRAPHIC THE VALLEY, you’ll enter the life of Yosemite’s ‘other’ visitors, the nomadic climbers and rootless drifters, fed by dreams, a wish to escape, or a native’s desire to never leave his ancestral home. Hoffmeister’s intimate knowledge of this place, this way of life, pulls you in, ensnares you in the struggle to protect Yosemite from itself. But, more than that, you’ll live with these people, feel the exhilaration of new love, the crushing pain of its loss, become a young man searching for who he is, all amid the valleys, domes and rivers of one of the world’s most beautiful places.”
—Pete Fromm, author of Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness
“Author and climber Peter Brown Hoffmeister has woven history, adventure, family, and tragedy into a gripping story set in one of America’s most legendary climbing epicenters. Bold, colorful characters and stark prose carry the plot of this singular novel that accelerates all the way to the last page. Hoffmeister has clearly spent his life studying Yosemite, climbing its cracks, walking its trails, exploring its caves and learning its human history. A wonderful read for anyone who’s spent time in the Valley — or needs another reason to visit someday.”
—Brendan Leonard, Contributing Editor, Climbing Magazine
“The narrator’s Yosemite is a sacred place…captured in Hoffmeister’s lean, immaculate, and devastating prose.” – River Donaghey, VICE Magazine Contributor
“Peter Hoffmeister is as ambitious as he is original. Graphic the Valley is many things at once: an ode to a place, a romance, a family drama, and a cautionary tale. From page one, it will surprise you. By the end, it will leave you surprisingly moved.” – Miriam Gershow, author of The Local News
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