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Leaning on Cedars: A Novel

by Andrew C. Shurtleff
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This bold and beautifully written novel follows the young protagonist on a life-changing rite of passage. At age 21, Jason is unfulfilled, lacking direction, and coming off a bitter breakup. He resolves to make a fresh start, and a serendipitous encounter with a Native American elder named Chip introduces him to the notion of the Manitou, a traditional initiation of solitude in the wilderness.

Jason embarks on a solo expedition into the Rockies and finds himself trapped in a cave for days. In the terror of that confinement, the essence of who he believed himself to be is shattered. After a desperate attempt at escape and a fall off a snowy bluff he comes to consciousness on the floor of a hut. He is greeted by the man who saved his life, Charles. Jason begins to heal, and through conversations with this Good Samaritan finds new answers for the most human of questions: How does one lead a fulfilling life?