The Turtle Warrior (Paperback)

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I read this book in 2004, and I have not read a contemporary novel that I
feel so strongly about since. When I got to the ending, I wanted to
start over with page 1. The narrative style is reminiscent of Barbara
Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and there is a sense of place
that only Jim Harrison can match. There are some books that capture
your heart and you fall in love. This is one of them.

— Jessilynn


The Turtle Warrior is the story of the Lucas family, who live in a beautiful and remote part of Wisconsin inhabited by working-class European immigrants and the Ojibwe. By 1967 the Lucas farm has fallen into disrepair, thanks to the hard drinking of John Lucas, who brutalizes his wife and two sons. When the eldest, James, escapes by enlisting to fight in Vietnam, he leaves young Bill alone to protect his mother with only his own will and the spirit of his brother to guide him. Beautifully written and deeply felt, The Turtle Warrior takes readers from the heartland of America to the battlefields of World War II and Vietnam weaving a haunting tale of an unforgettable world where the physical and spiritual, the past and the present, merge.

About the Author

Mary Relindes Ellis’s stories have been anthologized in Uncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing; Bless Me, Father: Stories of Catholic Childhood; The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror; and Gifts of the Wild: A Woman’s Book of Adventure.

Visit Mary Relindes Ellis's website at

Praise For…

This powerful novel will affect you deeply and linger long. —Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees

Ellis has produced a passionate, heartfelt book that heralds what I hope will be a long career as a writer. —Chicago Tribune

Strong, bold... Astonishing and eloquent. —Pat Conroy

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143034520
ISBN-10: 0143034529
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 25th, 2005
Pages: 384
Language: English

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