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This novel by the illustrious biologist is about an Alabama boy who heroically tries to save a sacred forest. (Wilson was born and raised in the state.)
"What the hell do you want?" snarled Frogman at Raff Cody, as the boy stepped innocently on the reputed murderer's property. Fifteen years old, Raff had only wanted to catch a glimpse of Frogman's 1,000-pound alligator. Thus begins the epic story of Anthill, part thriller, part parable, which follows the adventures of Raff, a modern-day Huck Finn, whose improbable love of ants ends up transforming his own life and those around him. Alarmed by condo developers who are intent on destroying Alabama's endangered Nokobee tract, Raff idealistically heads off to law school. Returning home, he encounters the angry and corrupt ghosts of an old South he thought had disappeared. The sacred woods he must now travel through to save Lake Nokobee are teeming with unimaginable danger.
Anthill, with some of the most striking scientific detail ever seen in a popular novel, will transfix readers with its stunning twists and startling revelations of the true meaning of nature's wildness.