** AMERICAN FICTION AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST NEW FICTION 2021 **
For Fans of Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves and Fiona Mozley's Elmet.
This stunning debut uses the irresistible scenario of a hermit living in near-complete self-sufficiency in the wilderness, and asks the universally relevant question: what is the value of existing within a civilization when it is fraught with evil? Adelaide has lived a long, solitary existence in the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the verge of ending it all, she discovers two feral children raiding her garden and rescues them in a misguided attempt at a new life. Now she must find a way to care for children who are more beast than human. They only communicate with chirps and grunts, and they pine for their feral mother. When dangerous men and a wild woman emerge from the darkness in pursuit, Adelaide faces a grueling choice. She can release the children back to the wild, saving her own life but losing everything she has grown to love, or fight to defend her new family, risking the death she no longer seeks. Thieves, Beasts & Men asks who are the thieves in this story? Who are the beasts? And what, ultimately, defines humanity?
Shan Leah is a writer and an award-winning fine artist by trade. Her work often examines themes of identity, aging, and the inevitable loss of time. Shan’s art work has been exhibited in galleries from New York to Seattle. She is a recipient of the Impact Returns Grant, awarded to artists whose work has potential to impact the art world. Her work has been published by Out Of Step books, Emboss Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, and Black + White Magazine. Inspired by the rich and vibrant history of her childhood home, she is at work on a novel set in the Florida Keys in 1967.
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