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Might we suggest Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing?

Mexican gray wolf

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A sixteen-year-old boy traps a pregnant wolf in 1930s New Mexico and decides, with mythical gravity, to return her to the Mexican wilderness. As is the norm in Cormac McCarthy’s universe, it does not go well, but because the tragic relationship unfurls with such hypnotic beauty, we are compelled to read on even in the face of hopelessness. It is a valuable analogy to those of us who feel the pull to do right by wilderness, and as with all good writing, the expert observation inspires us to observe better on our own journeys, and therefore live more consciously.

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