The first full moon of the year is known as the Wolf Moon. This year’s Wolf Moon occurs today, Thursday, Jan. 28, at 2:16 p.m EST. The name’ source is a mystery. It may have come from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a notation that wolves were often heard howling at this time of year, or it may have an older, more mythological basis. Whatever its origin, there is no better time to tell about a book with wolves at its very heart.
Wolf Time, by Barbara J. Moritsch
About Wolf Time: “When wildlife biologist Sage McAllister responds to an odd scratching noise outside her cabin door, she is stunned to find two full-grown gray wolves sitting on the deck. Surprise turns to disbelief when the wolves telepathically ask her to tell their story. Her assent triggers an extraordinary journey of time travel and shape-shifting when she merges with the wolves—experiencing the pure joy of life in the wild, as well as the terror and mortal danger posed by the darkest aspects of human nature. Through her travels, Sage witnesses the astonishing connections that exist among all beings, reunites with her own human pack, and has a chance to help humans make peace with a majestic and essential species.”
Fanciful, uplifting, gorgeous, funny, and fearsome, Wolf Time will inform your understanding of our wild brothers and sisters in ways you have yet to imagine.
Reading Wolf Time is like journeying into a different world, one where the bond between human and animal is blurred, where compassion forges relationships in wild places.
This beautiful and terrifying saga of one species’ fight to survive in the face of human prejudice is told as brilliantly as a fairytale. Moritsch takes the reader first into the hearts of wolves and those who love them, and then into the bitter minds of those who hate and kill. But this story goes beyond good vs. evil. The fight for liberty and justice, for the basic right to be alive, is one we should all be able to relate to during these trying times.
This is not always an easy story to read, yet Moritsch has written it with love and understanding. Her human characters learn and grow, and her portrayal of the wolves and their society goes beyond anthropomorphic; it is an insight into a true alien culture. Whether your taste is fantasy, mythology, speculative fiction, or you just like reading about our dogs’ wild kin, Wolf Time will fulfill.
About the Author:
Barbara J. Moritsch holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, respectively. She has worked for the U.S National Park Service as a ranger-naturalist and ecologist in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Death Valley, and Yosemite national parks, and Point Reyes National Seashore, and has worked as a consulting botanist, an environmental education instructor, and a wildland fire-fighter.
Ms. Moritsch published her first book, The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley’s Sacred Wild Nature in 2012; has written extensively for the on-line National Parks Traveler; and has published articles in Natural Areas Journal, Park Science (National Park Service publication), and the National Parks Traveler’s Essential Park Guide. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW) and the Northwest Independent Writer’s Association (NIWA). She lives in Idaho with her husband, four horses, two dogs, and one cat.
Some other Reviews for Wolf Time:
“A magical blend of fact and fantasy, revealing the depth of the author’s understanding and love of this much maligned animal. This novel, revealing the true nature of the wolf–courageous, intelligent and loyal–will surely help to dispel the underlying fear or hatred that leads to their cruel persecution. It is a terrific book, and deserves to be read by many.”
— DR. JANE GOODALL
“Wolf Time is a masterpiece and a reminder of what the Native American people have always pointed to: the fact that humankind has not woven the web of life, we are one thread within the web. What we do to the web determines either our survival or our peril because all life is connected. Wolf Time is a must read story for healing our relationship with Mother Nature and all life!”
–DR. TERERAI TRENT, Author of The Awakened Woman
“An endearing, if sometimes painful, read for animal lovers and a wake-up call for everyone else. Its dreamy prose and shocking statistics…will draw in teens and adults.”
— KIRKUS REVIEWS
“A story of the deep connection wolves once had with humans but lost. Through myth and fantasy woven together with facts, the truth about wolves is revealed. Barbara paints a picture of the dire challenges wolves face today and how the disconnection between humans and nature contributes to these problems. Her novel offers a glimmer of hope, inviting humans to listen to the voices of these incredibly important social animals, and to let go of their fears, so there can be space for people and wolves to share the land.”
— JIM AND JAMIE DUTCHER, Founders, Living with Wolves
“Wolf Time speaks to us, like a sweet, mysterious, sonorous howl emanating from distant mountains as dusk approaches. As a seasoned naturalist Barbara Moritsch has long given wilderness a poetic voice. Now, in this touching and deeply personal tribute, she does it again–honoring some of the most charismatic creatures on earth: the lobos of Yellowstone.”
— TODD WILKINSON, American environmental journalist and author of Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek, An Intimate Portrait of 399, the Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone