The fictitious Togwotee Passage as a rite de passage, a true challenge in life, marks this part memoir, part life story of Calan that was born and raised in Wyoming. Shoshone friend Derek invites him into his family and traditional, genuine ceremonies. Episodes spanning several chapters cover periods in Calan’s life since the 1940s, with clearly marked jumps at the beginning of chapters. Upbringing in a dysfunctional family, being an outcast at school, military services, and a series of jobs, all written in the third person, followed by personal reflections in the current era in the first person.
A multitude of characters is thrown into the narrative. The author even included a list of these including a short description, in case you forgot who’s who. Local flavor with Shoshone expressions and first-hand work experience in engineering and IT, plus illustrations enrich the book. I had difficulties with the often superficial scan of Calan’s whereabouts and time lapses and would have preferred a narrower focus in this novel.
About the author
L.G. Cullens was born and raised in 1940′ Wyoming with Shoshone friends (his naturalist grounding), served in the military, and pursued careers first in civil engineering, then computer sciences, and finally, in his fifties, woodworking decorative arts. Since, with diminished dexterity, he’s turned to writing. A natural sciences passion throughout his lifetime is evinced in his art and writing.
Additional writing by the author and others with book reviews and artworks, all on a natural world theme, can be found at lgcullens.com.
I received a free review copy from the author without any obligations. This is my personal, unbiased review upon reading.