To the Bright Edge of the World (Large Print / Paperback)

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If it has Eowyn Ivey's name on it, I'm going to pick it up.  The allure of Alaskan history didn't really grab me, but again, it had her name on it, so I decided to give it a try- and I'm so glad I did!  The narrative is told entirely in epistolary format (via letters and correspondence for those of you who had to look that up like I did), and unless you are a master storyteller, it usually doesn't work.  Well readers, meet the master.  The letters of Captain Allen Forrester and his wife, Sophie mark what each is going through while he is out mapping the Alaskan frontier, and Ivey holds you in the palm of her yarn-spinning hands.  From a mysterious man in black who seems to have no age and no physical limitations  to a woman who heralds intense rolling fog with her wherever she roams, Captain Forrester's journey turns out to be more than just a harrowing winter exploration.  The further up the wild Wolverine River his expedition gets, the more cryptic the tales of the native people become until the explorers have a strange experience or two themselves.  And not everyone will make it out alive.
Other sections of the book are told through the present-day letters of a museum curator and an old man who's family has lived along the Wolverine River for generations.  He has some fascinating historical items that relate directly back to Allen's death-defying journey and some of the pieces support the otherworldly aspects of the story that have never been substantiated.
If you are in the mood for historical fiction with just a wisp of the mystical, this one is the perfect fit.  Utterly compelling reading.

— Jessilynn Norcross

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One of the Best Books of 2016--Amazon
A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016
A Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
A Library Journal Top 10 Book of 2016
A BookPage Best Book of 2016
An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
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In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return--once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him.
The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives.
Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?
The truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives--and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they're gone--forever.

About the Author


Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Snow Child, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an international bestseller published in twenty-six languages. A former bookseller and newspaper reporter, Eowyn was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432839987
ISBN-10: 1432839985
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: October 2017
Language: English
 

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