The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All
- By: Josh Ritter
- Length: 6 hours 52 minutes
From singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, a lyrical, sweeping novel about a young boy's coming-of-age during the last days of the lumberjacks.
“The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All, written and narrated by novelist and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, feels like it was written to be an audio book. Told in the first person by crotchety, hard-boiled, 99-year-old Weldon Applegate as he lies on what will likely be his deathbed, we hear his life story as a lumberjack in the Idaho timber. Orphaned at 13, Weldon’s life is filled with tragedy and hardship, fueled by a lust for revenge and a taste for moonshine. Filled with memorable characters in turns evil, loving, and mysterious, The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All is also endowed with a keen sense of place. This book is a love note to small-town Idaho and an ode to the wild virgin woods and the magnificence of wilderness. As a bonus, we get to listen to an original Josh Ritter song!”Claire, Honest Dog Books
In the tiny timber town of Cordelia, Idaho, ninety-nine year old Weldon Applegate recounts his life in all its glory, filled with tall tales writ large with murder, mayhem, avalanches and bootlegging. It’s the story of dark pine forests brewing with ancient magic, and Weldon’s struggle as a boy to keep his father’s inherited timber claim, the Lost Lot, from the ravenous clutches of Linden Laughlin.
Ever since young Weldon stepped foot in the deep Cordelia woods as a child, he dreamed of joining the rowdy ranks of his ancestors in their epic axe-swinging adventures. Local legend says their family line boasts some of the greatest lumberjacks to ever roam the American West, but at the beginning of the twentieth century, the jacks are dying out, and it’s up to Weldon to defend his family legacy.
Braided with haunting saloon tunes and just the right dose of magic, The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All is a novel bursting with heart, humor and an utterly transporting adventure that is sure to sweep you away into the beauty of the tall snowy mountain timber.