Open Midnight : Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet
San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University Press
[2017 Association for Mormon Letters Finalist for Creative Non-Fiction]
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. The book is also about two levels of history--personal, as represented by William Williams, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same time as Williams.