Wilderness writer Brooke Williams braids two stories together in Open Midnight. He recounts his year alone (with his dog) “ground truthing” (verifying) backcountry maps of Utah, and the trip of his ancestor, William Williams, who travelled to the American West from England in 1863. In the course of his mapping trip, his ancestor becomes his guide. Written in vivid language, the stories are grounded in the land that Williams loves.
Brooke Williams has spent the last thirty years advocating for wilderness. He is the author of four books, including Open Midnight, Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and The Story of My Heart, by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams. His journalistic pieces have appeared in Outside, Huffington Post, Orion, and Saltfront. He and his wife, Terry Tempest Williams, divide their time between Utah and Wyoming.
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Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness--Brooke Williams's year alone with his dog ground truthing wilderness maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England across the wilderness almost to Utah, dying a week short.