Rich Shapero’s Too Far follows a pair of ultra-imaginative six-year-olds, Robbie and Fristeen, through a transformative summer spent exploring the woods behind their remote Alaskan homes.
As their family lives become increasingly unstable, the children travel deeper and farther into their private world. The forest—and the gods who inhabit it—becomes their refuge until, at summer’s end, they are forced to choose between the crushing prospects of the real world, and the lethal demands of their ideal one.
Rich Shapero’s Wild Animus is the story of a young idealist, Ransom Altman, whose quest for fundamentals drives him to the Alaskan wilderness where, alone with his dangerous ideas, he transforms himself into a wild creature prey to a strangely familiar pack of wolves. To tell his story, Shapero has crafted a new art form that intricately interweaves book and music. The complete storytelling experiment includes a novel, Wild Animus, and three CDs, The Ram, The Wolves and Animus. Experienced as a whole, the music expresses the emotional core of the story, and the novel serves as its narrative shell.