Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet

By Brooke Williams

ISBN 9781595348036

Price $17.95

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 to Utah. The book is also about two levels of history: personal, as represented by great-great-great-grandfather William Williams, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same time as Williams.
The phrase open midnight, as Williams sees it, evokes the time between dusk and dawn, between where we have been and where we are going, and the unconscious where all possibilities are hidden.