Lance Weller

Lance WellerEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1989
AA, Tacoma Community College, 1985


Lance Weller


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Biographical Note

Lance Weller is an American writer whose novel Wilderness was published by BloomsburyUSA in September 2012.
Weller has written for as long as he can remember and is a past winner of the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Born in Everett, Washington, Weller now lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife and four enormous dogs.

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WildernessLatest Publication Title

 Wilderness: A Novel, 2012

Publication Excerpt

Thirty years after the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness left him maimed, the book's protagonist, Abel Truman, has found his way to the edge of the continent, the rugged, majestic coast of Washington State, where he lives alone in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog. Wilderness is the story of Abel, now an old and ailing man, and his heroic final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. As much a novel of the American Civil War as a story of redemption, Annie Dillard has called Wilderness "a book in the great tradition of the novel" while Jeffrey Lent calls it a "brilliant, singular achievement."

Wilderness is Lance's first published novel. He is currently working on another novel, American Marchlands.