Like mother like daughter or like father like daughter? Carpenter reports how she spent several years trying to determine from whom she got her values and why she acts the way she does. She wanted to sit down and talk heart-to-heart with her backwoods-wandering dad, who is not the sitting or talking type. She recounts several difficult trips to Idaho reel him in.
Besides Carpenter and her father, the other major characters in the story are:
- her mother, who left her father in the 1970s and has an extensive garden and orchard
- her sister, who shared many wild backwoods adventures as well as juvenile shoplifting with the author
- her boyfriend, her partner in dumpster diving, a mechanic who embraces the garden and barter economy as much as the author
"When Riana hasn't heard from Dad in awhile, she starts to worry. Then she calls the library in Orofino. The librarians there are exceedingly kind, and happy to give her the Dad report."With offbeat memoirs so popular, Gone Feral should have a large and happy audience.
Carpenter, Novella. Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild. Penguin Press, 2014. 212p. ISBN 9781594204432.