The Inverted Forest

I just finished reading The Inverted Forest by John Dalton and it was one of those books that I couldn’t put down and was SO disappointed when it ended!
When I was little, I was always jealous of the two girls next door who went to Bible Camp every summer. Of course, I was Catholic, so there was no Bible camp for us – hell, our playgrounds didn’t even have swings! Now, I’m glad I never went because God only knows if background checks were done on the counselors!
If you’re looking for a good read, check this out at your local library!
From the website:
Summer, 1996, at Kindermann Forest Camp in rural Missouri. The elderly camp director finds his counselors swimming naked two days before camp is to open and fires all of them. As a result, new counselors must be hired and brought to camp. One of them is Wyatt Huddy, a genetically disfigured young man who has been living in a Salvation Army facility. All his life, large, gentle, diligent Wyatt has been misjudged because of his physical appearance. Along with the other new counselors he arrives ready to care for children. To their astonishment, they learn that for the first two weeks of the camping season they will be responsible for 104 severely developmentally disabled adults, all of them wards of the state.
In this world away from the world, the new counselors and disabled campers begin to reveal themselves. Most are well-intentioned, others unprepared. Some harbor dangerous inclinations. Soon Wyatt is called upon to prevent a terrible tragedy. In doing so, he commits an act whose repercussions will alter his own life and the lives of the other Kindermann Forest staff members for years to come.
Vivid, absorbing, compassionate, and highly original, The Inverted Forest is an impressive second act from a notable new writer.


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“"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.'” William Butler Yeats
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One Response to The Inverted Forest

  1. twisterjester says:

    It sounds like an intriguing book. I will definitely be looking for it!
    Having attended Bible Camp twice – once as a kid and once as an adult who was working there – I can say it’s always freakish. I would’ve liked to go again as a kid. Never again as an adult.

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