The Independent Press Award

Wild World received the Independent Press Award for New Fiction (Debut)!

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the protest era of the early 1970s, a gripping novel of a power, corruption, injustice, courage, and hope—and one tenacious young man whose determination to overturn the system holds unexpected consequences for his own life.


“A deftly crafted and inherently engaging read from cover to cover, Wild World is an extraordinary and impressively entertaining read from beginning to end — and showcases author Peter S. Rush as having a genuine flair for originality.” Midwest Book Review            

“Wild World is a crime novel, a love story and a mystery all rolled into one… well written and keeps your attention.” Peace Corps Journal

Wild World is so very pertinent to our time that reading it brings into sharp focus those flaws in our present political condition: change is not only possible, but inevitable. Peter Rush is a sensitive and powerful writer whose future in American literature seems secure with the publication of this debut novel.” San Francisco Review of Books

“An intricate and captivating read throughout…. with the kind of narrative twists that prove wholly addictive…Wild World proves an extraordinarily powerful debut from Peter Rush.” BookViral

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15 hours ago

Peter S. Rush

Don't miss out on my Goodreads giveaway, it closes at the end of this month! of a wall of books. ...

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2 days ago

Peter S. Rush

Yes it was rainy, but it sure was funIt's okay, we're ready for rain! All of our programs are indoors, and the authors signing outdoors will be dry. @merrittbookstore @millbrooklibrary ...

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3 days ago

Peter S. Rush

Huge thank you to Millbrook Literary Festival and all who came by my table. It was great getting to spend a beautiful day outside, meeting book readers and getting to chat about WILD WORLD. Thank you thank you thank you! ...

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Wild World opens with the Kent State University massacre that took place on May 4, 1970. Here’s a short clip from CBS news of what happened that day to give you an idea of what the nation was watching and reacting to.