In the fall of 1978, on the 640-acre family deer-hunting
ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, a couple hours north of Clear
Lake on a four-wheel-drive road, an eleven-year-old boy goes hunting with three
men: his father, grandfather, and a friend of his father’s. Goat Mountain is a
dry place of live oak and buck brush and poison oak with occasional relief from
stands of ponderosa pine, white pine, and sugar pine, and even a swampy bear
wallow. This is the place where all the family’s memories and stories and
history are held.
When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father spots
a poacher hunting illegally on his property. When he lets his eleven-year-old son
take a look through the scope of his rifle, the boy pulls the trigger. The men
struggle over what to do with the dead man. Though the struggle begins between
the father and grandfather, it ultimately becomes a struggle between the
grandfather and the boy. By the end, nothing is as it seems.
An exploration of
our most primal urges, what rules hold us together, and what we owe for what
we’ve done, Goat Mountain is a compulsive read.
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