Last Wild Place
A complex story about small town life and displacement—both of humans and of wildlife
Chip Martin’s life is going well, but now everything is beginning to fragment. His brother Justin’s away at college and his sister Kate is busy with her high school activities. His single mom’s lifelong friendship with Booker Wilson has suddenly taken a romantic turn, and now his best friend Luther won’t speak to him. Even worse, Chip has to face the possibility of being uprooted.
Chip’s feelings of dislocation are compounded when he meets kids at his community center who are refugees, left homeless in the aftermath of a recent hurricane along the Florida Panhandle. But then Chip discovers something unbelievable—a family of Florida panthers that have been driven out of their home in the Everglades. Chip is alarmed when he hears that the last few acres of the woods are to be cleared to make way for a meat-packing plant. When he tries to protect the panthers, he learns that he has more friends than he thought.
Author Rosa Jordan’s memorable, well-drawn characters are woven together into a web of complex relationships marked by the challenges of displacement. The result is an intriguing and relatable tale of unexpected friendship that will satisfy readers.