The Tent Peg
When J.L. and the nine men she’s to work with first make camp in the Yukon, the land seems solid and unyielding, older than the story from which she takes her name. But over the course of their summer together, tensions, secrets, and desires begin to trickle through the camp, in pebbles at first, threatening the imminence of boulders. J.L. infiltrates the staunchly masculine environment of the geological camp through the sparseness of her initials and form, but as a protagonist she is rich, a reluctant confessor, her observations about the men and land around her both incisive and tender. Invoking the mythos of the indomitable north and one of the most maligned, misunderstood Biblical heroes, The Tent Peg remains startlingly contemporary, with a heady narrative peppered with insights into the trials of penetrating predominantly male fields.