THE WILD INSIDE by Jamey Bradbury
On Sale March 20, 2017
THE WILD INSIDE is the story of a natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaska, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else—Never Make a Person Bleed.
But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when someone attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife akin to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her? Did she almost kill him? Did she break her mother’s most important rule? With her memories of the events jumbled after hitting her head, Tracy can’t be sure.
But she doesn’t have time to dwell on the injured man as she’s helping her father cope with the unexpected death of her mother, while trying to grieve on her own. And even though her father has forbidden her to train for the upcoming Iditarod, she runs the dogs at night, training for the ultimate race.
Then a mysterious wanderer appears, looking for a job. Tracy senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can’t warn her father without explaining about the attack—or why she’s kept it to herself. It soon becomes clear that something dangerous is going on. The way Jesse has wormed his way into the family, the threatening face of the stranger in a crowd, the boot-prints she finds at the forest’s edge.
Her family is in trouble. Will uncovering the truth protect them—or is the threat closer than Tracy suspects?
Bradbury showcases her distinctive voice and true command of a language that rings with authenticity, not only of the remote Alaskan setting but of a girl on the edge of womanhood. THE WILD INSIDE is a masterful portrait of the world of dog-sled racing in the isolated wilderness. Exploring the difficulties of life as we are thrust into adulthood, Bradbury transports readers into Tracy’s world and as they become growingly engrossed in her choices, readers will be shocked at her last poignant decision.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jamey Bradbury is a writer who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Her fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review (winner of the annual fiction contest), Sou’wester, and Zone 3 and won an Estelle Campbell Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. She has written nonfiction for Alaska Dispatch News, TheBillfold.com, and StorySouth. Born in Illinois, Jamey has lived in Alaska for fifteen years, leaving briefly to earn her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, after which she worked for two years as the assistant to the novelist John Irving. She has served in the Peace Corps and now works for an Alaska Native social services agency.