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The Lake of the Beginning: A Fable of Salmon, Northern Lights, and an Old Promise Kept

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The Lake of the Beginning interweaves the natural history of sockeye salmon returning upstream, tribal tales of an ancient Inuit man, and a young professor who has brought her two children to Alaska to spread their grandmother's ashes on the mythic lake.
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Willow Creek Press
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Bruce Bacon
Oct 05, 2016 Bruce Bacon rated it really liked it
Excellent story weaving Alaskan native, salmon, and northern lights into a wonderful fable. Thought provoking.
Jun 02, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
Oh, what a wonderful fable! A woman & her two kids travel to Alaska where they await the return of the sockeye salmon as they return to the lake of their birth to lay their eggs & die. They meet a wise Qualik old man, they learn about logic vs. magic, belief vs. proof, keeping promises, finding stories within your own story & listening to your heart. They see the northern lights, they change each other's lives & we aren't given their names until the very last page which was a ...more
A beautiful masterful weaving of interwoven tales, fish and human. This is one of those books that linger in your mind in a good way, reminding of how all of our lives affect those around us. The pictures are beautiful and the writing is gentle and thorough.

I really appreciated this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading quiet, reflective books. Definitely a hidden treasure.
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Ed Gray is a writer and editor of books, magazines, and screenplays. With his wife Rebecca Gray he has been the founder of Gray’s Sporting Journal, GrayBooks Publishers, Aisle Seat Books and Tales2Film.
He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire, just a few miles north of Dartmouth College which, as he says, “has twice claimed to have educated me.”
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