James Dickey
Book review: 'The Wilding' by Benjamin Percy
Book review: 'The Wilding' by Benjamin Percy

It's a relatively simple conceit — the hunting trip as suspense tale. A small group journeys into the wilderness — ball caps tilted against the sun, backpacks loaded with beer and tackle — and emerges days later changed, if not fewer in number. Benjamin Percy's first novel, "The Wilding," manages to nicely subvert this setup while setting up a tense back-and-forth narrative between those who've taken off and those who've stayed at home. The former are three generations of Caves men. Justin Caves is an English teacher at a high school in Bend, Ore., where whole swaths of land are being rapidly apportioned into residential and commercial...