ALL THINGS LEFT WILD shortlisted for the Reading the West Award for Best Debut Fiction by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association in 2021.
"A haunting fable of an impossible relationship fueled by elemental need and despair."
NY JOURNAL OF BOOKS
"For a long time to come, All Things Left Wild will linger in the memory of all who read it—the tragedy, the hope, and the irony of it all."
LONE STAR LIT LIFE
''Night, Victorian poet Algernon Swinburne warned, is but the shadow of light, and life just the shadow of death. That, in one breath, is the finely drawn dilemma James Wade turns over and over like a precious, light-refracting, darkness-harboring gemstone that is All Things Left Wild ... This is artful fiction drawn with a deft, patient hand. The writing style is an ideal mashup of Larry McMurtry's burnish and Cormac McCarthy's grit ... Wade's writerly skill is topnotch and white hot in the visual, visceral quality of his description that breathes the landscape to life as a major character in the story ... All Things left Wild is a magnificent, beautifully drawn montage of contemplation, lightning-fast action, uncertainty and inevitability, pain, enormous loss, empty gain, an extraordinary adventure lived, and certainly, in retrospect, one not to be missed.''
SHAWN WARNER BLOG Q&A
“Books are such a beautiful part of our world, and they wouldn’t exist without writers, editors, cover designers, booksellers, readers, teachers, librarians, and the list goes on. So many people contribute to this amazing branch of the arts, be kind to all of them.”
LONE STAR LIT Q&A
Author James Wade gives video answers to questions posed to him for his Lone Star Lit Blog Tour of All Things Left Wild.
WINNER OF THE SPUR AWARD (PR NEWSWIRE)
ALL THINGS LEFT WILD wins the prestigious Spur Award for Best Historical Fiction by the Western Writers of America in 2021.
"The author takes a classic western setup and refreshes it with sharp writing, strong characterizations, a vivid evocation of place, and a body count to rival The Wild Bunch. Fans of All the Pretty Horses will want to saddle up for this literary ride."
"...accomplished, haunting, and satisfying."
CAMPAIGN FOR THE AMERICAN READER Q&A
"Eventually the story is taken to a place where there can be only one ending (much like life). So it becomes then that the ending is the easier section to write."
7 NEW BOOKS FOR SUMMER
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MYSTERY PEOPLE INTERVIEW
"Almost all of the women in the novel come off as more rational, mentally tougher, and more patient, than the men. That wasn’t on accident."