Preparation for, death began at birth for the cliff people. It was the price they paid
for living in a place of relative security and indescribable beauty. They lived on
the brink, four-hundred feet above the canyon floor. A few years earlier, the girl's
Author: Will La Page
Publisher: Sunstone Press
In this trilogy of connected stories and linked characters that collide with each other's lives over 600 years of America's history, a permanently damaged amnesiac from the Vietnam War, living as a hermit in the bluffs of the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, profoundly influences numerous people whose lives he never really touches. The first is Sarah Pingree, an artist who falls to her death from the bluffs. Her brother, Corey, an undercover wildlife agent from up-State New York, arrives to investigate the mysterious circumstances, and discovers Zach. Their connection is fleeting but compelling for both. Zach leaves his cave after years of solitude to hitchhike across the country in search of something he doesn't understand, while Corey ends up in the American Southwest searching for looters of Anasazi ruins. Then Zach's tragic death on the road becomes a national news story thanks to investigative reporter Amanda Cousins who is able to resurrect the final year of his life by contacting some of the people he met during his journey. Her connection with Corey Pingree becomes a pivotal event in both of their lives, giving a special meaning to the tragedy of Zach. WILL La PAGE is the author of three collections of poetry, "A Park is a Poem on the Land," "Along the Buffalo," and "Voices from the Park," and two collections of essays, "Parks for Life" and "The Ecology of Belief and The Paradox of Public Parks." "Cliff Dwellers" is his first novel. His work as a park system administrator, consultant, lecturer, and scientist, has taken him to South Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and across North and Central America to a place where parks are truly universal: the heart.