The Mountain Story

A Novel

The Mountain Story

Four lost hikers are about to discover they’re capable of something extraordinary.

Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Blonde, stick-thin Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet, driven by family obligation and the urge to escape her mistakes. Still reeling from the tragic accident that robbed him of his best friend, Wolf Truly is the only experienced hiker among them, but he has come to the cliffs on his eighteenth birthday without food or supplies because he plans to take his own life.

When a series of missteps strands this unusual group together in the wilderness, they soon realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is one another. As one day without rescue spirals dramatically into the next, and misadventure turns to nightmare, these four broken souls begin to form an inextricable bond, pushing themselves and one another further than they ever could have dreamed possible. The three who make it home alive will be forever changed by their harrowing days on the mountain.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls, The Mountain Story is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure and a gorgeous tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Braving a landscape both unforgivingly harsh and breathtakingly beautiful, Nola, Bridget, Vonn, and Wolf find themselves faced with an impossible question: How much will they sacrifice for a stranger?
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476786506 | 
  • June 2015
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Mountain Story includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Lori Lansens. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



The Mountain Story takes the form of a letter that Wolf Truly is writing to his college-bound son, Danny. Until now, all Wolf has told Danny is that he was lost with three strangers on the mountain for five days, and not all of them survived. Now, Wolf decides he owes his son the full truth. In this harrowing tale of survival, Wolf Truly recounts his journey from his fateful decision to kill himself to his willful determination to come down the mountain alive.

After Wolf’s best friend, Byrd, has a tragic accident on the mountain, and his father goes to jail, Wolf decides he has nothing left to live for. Wolf goes up the cable car on his eighteenth birthday and the anniversary of Byrd’s accident, intending to jump from Angel’s Peak, a spot Byrd and he named and called their own. The cable car takes him from the hot desert of Palm Springs to a cold and brutal wilderness of the mountain in minutes. And Wolf leaves his backpack behind, thinking he will not need water or suppli see more

About the Author

Lori Lansens
Laura Starks

Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens is the author of Rush Home Road, which was translated into eight languages and published in eleven countries, and The Girls, which was sold in thirteen territories and featured as a book club pick by Richard & Judy in the UK. She was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, and now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.