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Raven Stole the Moon

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  2,543 Ratings  ·  433 Reviews
In this haunting debut, Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller. When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alaskan town where her young son drowned, she discovers that the truth about her son's death is shrouded in legend— and buried in a terrifying wrinkle between life and death. When ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Pocket Star Books (first published April 1st 1998)
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This is a slightly updated re-release of Stein's first novel originally published in 1996 and out of print for some time. Don't expect any Enzo-like characters here--this book is TERRIFYING, a flat out, brilliantly crafted horror story. Stein is a "blood quantum verified" registered member of the Tlingit Indian Tribe of Alaska (his great-grandmother was full blooded Tlingit), and he has taken one of their more terrifying legends and brought it to the modern world. This is a story about Kushtakas ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Nadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garth Stein's third novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, was a huge success. It was so successful, that I do believe a movie is being made as a result. In order to capitalize on Stein's success, his publishers have decided to re-release his first novel. Originally published in 1998, Raven Stole the Moon, tells the story of Jenna Rosen. Two years ago at the Thunder Bay Resort, near Wrangell, Alaska (the hometown of her Native American grandmother), Jenna's young son, Bobby, disappeared. She has ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of a chore to get through. I started out really liking it, but the writing was so choppy, with awkward tense and point of view changes that drove me insane. Also, it was way too long.

Garth Stein’s Raven Stole The Moon is a contemporary novel set against an interesting backdrop: the beliefs and ancient folklore of the Tlingit people. As Jenna traipses through Wrangell and meets an interesting cast of characters — including Oscar, a dog who suddenly follows her everywhere, and Eddie, a man who befriends and shelters her, no questions asked — we begin to learn of a supernatural phenomenon which is intriguing and spooky. What did happen to Bobby?

I’m one of the few people in the
Mar 25, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Story Overview

On the surface, Jenna Rosen has it all: a husband who loves her, a comfortable life in Seattle, and good looks. But Jenna is troubled; it shows in her excessive drinking, Valium addiction, depression and the increasing discord in her marriage. But her problems can all be traced back to the loss of her son Bobby, who drowned during a family vacation in Alaska two years ago. Jenna blames herself for Bobby's death and cannot get past it. Yet her husband Robert seems to have been able
Mar 10, 2010 Alison rated it liked it
Haunting and touching without being overly sentimental.

When a real estate developer, John Fergusen, wanted to build Thunder Bay Resort near the town of Klawock, Alaska, an area rich in Native American culture, he was advised to seek the counsel of a Tlingit shamen by the name of David Livingstone to "spiritually cleanse" the area on which the resort was to be built. This was to keep them from a "situation"...although not sure if he is referring to "a lawsuit-type situation or The Shining-type si
Nov 04, 2008 Vivian rated it it was amazing
In Garth's first book, he explores the folk lore of Alaska and a woman in search of herself and answers after the death of her son has torn her family apart. This book goes into fantasy, which I normally don't read but with it based on tribal lore, makes it a wonderful story to read. Garth is just a born writer and gets better as he goes. Look for all his books, they will be different but they will be great reads, always with something to take away from them.
Emily Crow
I really expected to like this book. The premise is fantastic; the story begins with a Tlingit shaman, David Livingstone, being hired to ensure that the land around a posh wilderness resort is clear of spirits. The contractor tells him, "We don't want to move ahead and find out later that we have a...uh, you know...a situation." Says David, "A lawsuit-type situation, or The Shining-type situation?" As it turns out, the land is the domain of some particularly dangerous nature spirits, the kushtak ...more
May 02, 2011 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, myth-legend
Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein was sent to me as an ARC by Terra Communications, and I couldn’t be more grateful for just how wonderful the book was! One of my biggest issues with accepting ARCs is the pull between being honest about the review and still doing service to the group asking for the review. With this book, however, that won’t at all be a problem!

The story takes place in Wrangell, Alaska, primarily, amongst the Tlingit Native American population. Now, this is completely serendip
Jennifer Conner
Jenna lost her son, Bobby, in a tragic drowning while on a business-related vacation with her family at a soon-to-be-opened wilderness lodge. Two years later at home with her husband Robert in Seattle, Jenna has yet to recover. She's seen numerous psychiatrists, but has yet to come to terms with Bobby's death and the changes their loss made to their marriage. After a fight at yet another business related event, Jenna takes off in Robert's car. At first she just wants to get home. In the end, she ...more
Jul 24, 2013 B.reader rated it liked it
Warning--mild spoilers.

I'm conflicted about this book. At first I really, really liked it. The first hundred pages were so intense and creepy that I actually got freaked out and had to stop reading so I would be able to sleep instead of laying awake clutching at my covers in terror. Stein does have a gift of creating some very intense imagery and can write atmosphere very well.

However, I have two major issues with the book. First is more mechanics than story...I thought that much of the writing
Mar 08, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Ever since the drowning her heir son, Bobby two years ago, Jenna Rosen and her husband, Robert are more like strangers then husband and wife. Jenna decides to get away from her life and Robert for a while. She takes off for Alaska. This is where it all began. Where Bobby drowned. Jenna experiences some strange things like…a wolf or wolf type dog chases her through the woods. Jenna meets a man named David. He is a shaman. He tells Jenna of a legend hat the Tlingits believe. It has to do with the ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having absolutely loved Garth Stein's, [[ASIN:0061565407 The Art of Racing in the Rain CD]], I wanted to read his 1998 debut novel: Raven Stole the Moon. It was good, but honestly, not my cup of tea.

About the book.....
Two years ago in a remote Alaskan village, Jenna Rosen's five-year-old son, Bobby, fell out of a boat and drowned, and Jenna was unable to save him. Unable to come to terms with her grief and sinking deeper and deeper into depression, Jenna leaves her husband in Seattle and returns
Christine (booktumbling)
Robert and Jenna - the couple with everything. That is until they lose their only son, Bobby in a tragic drowning while on vacation in Alaska. Robert desperately wants to move on with their lives while Jenna is trapped in a constant state of despair as the accident happened while she was with Bobby. The stress proves too much for Jenna and she flees her marriage and life in Seattle to visit her grandmother's hometown in Alaska which just happens to be located near the Thunder Bay Resort, the loc ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Ti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Short of It:

Raven Stole the Moon is almost like reading two novels, side by side. There’s the everyday, here and now part of it, and then there’s the other part that centers around mysterious Native American legends and shapeshifters. At times, it’s a wild ride.

The Rest of It:

Raven Stole the Moon is not a new book for Stein. In fact, it was first published back in 1998, but after his success with The Art of Racing in the Rain, his publisher decided to release this new edition of Raven Stole
Mar 11, 2010 Selena rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Garth Stein is known for the popular book The Art of Racing in the Rain, which at one point last year, was even being sold at Starbucks. Though I thought the dog was adorable and the minimalist cover appealing, I avoid books with animals as a major theme (the endings almost always end up being sad).

Raven Stole the Moon is a complete departure from the premise of The Art of Racing in the Rain. The story begins in Seattle with a troubled couple, Jenna and her husband, getting ready to go to a part
Mar 11, 2010 Nely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Two years ago, Jenna Rosen’s son, Bobby, drowned while on vacation in Alaska. To her dismay, his body was never found and she had to return home with her loss and grief. While Robert, Jenna's husband has gotten over his grief, Jenna has found nothing that can help her get over or forget the loss of her son, putting strain on their marriage and making them act more like strangers than a husband and wife.

One night Jenna just can't take it anymore and decides she needs to leave, while in the middle
Mar 11, 2010 Wrighty marked it as to-read
Shelves: for-review
On impulse, Jenna Rosen leaves the party she and her real estate developer husband, Robert, are attending in Seattle, takes his BMW and drives north to Bellingham. Again on impulse, she hops on the ferry to the Alaskan town where her Tlingit Indian grandmother lived and died. But there's more than impulse at work here: Jenna and Robert's 5-year-old son, Bobby, drowned in Alaska just two years ago, and something is drawing Jenna back to the scene. On the ferry, she's given a carved silver charm o ...more
Mar 06, 2010 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
When I was growing up my mother was a storyteller. She told Southern folk tales and some Celtic tales, but most of all she loved to tell trickster stories, so I grew up with Raven and Jack and Anansi, and I was definitely curious to read this book because of its title and loose association with the story of how Raven stole the moon. I spent summers in Seattle from the time I was in the third grade and lived there for ten years (before the rain forced me to flee), so I like to keep my eye on Seat ...more
Mar 07, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
I had heard about a lot of good things about Garth Stein's work, and was excited to be able to review one of his novels. With all the great things I've heard, I had created some high expectations I was really hoping this book would live up to. It not only lived up to them, but exceeded them!

From the first page, I found myself under the spell of this highly emotional story. There was just no way, after starting it, that I was able to put it down. The characters were extremely well crafted and rea
Jul 29, 2011 Mel rated it it was ok
I picked this book up because from the back of the book it sounded like it was one that would incorporate some Native American legend--and it did.

The story began with Jenna and her husband two years after the drowning death of their son Bobby when he was four. Jenna cannot cope with his loss and increasingly feels that her husband is putting Bobby's memory away in the past, forgetting him and moving on with his live--without her. She cannot forget the loss of their son, so one night, she simply
Mar 05, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
From My Blog....[return]Raven Stole the Moon is a hauntingly beautiful, heart-wrenching page-turner, which immediately captures the reader's attention and does not let go. Garth Stein's novel weaves in the beliefs and the culture of the Tlingit of Alaska, in this well-written novel filled with a deep sadness, Native American legends, and the longing to become whole. The novel begins with the 2-year anniversary of the death of Jenna Rosen's son, whose body was never recovered in the wilderness of ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still waiting for a category between "I really liked it" and "It was amazing". Usually I only know with time which books stick in my mind enough to get a 5 star rating. I think this book might end up being one of them. It turns out that I get the most enjoyment out of books with a strong sense of place. Reading this book I really get the experience of the pacific northwest. I love that. I also thought the story was unique and engaging. I read this book when I supposed to be doing other thing ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Martin rated it did not like it
This was NOT my book whatsoever. To me, the characters were undeveloped and the interplay between the characters were not believable. There were many circumstances which developed without establishing a credable link to being likely. The sexual content was completely inexplicable, seemingly thrown in for unknown purpose and mystifying connection between those people, to those behaviors.

The final comment suggested that our foxy protagonist is somehow, possibly, connected with the country boy who
Jul 30, 2010 Debby rated it it was ok
The overall plot was interesting, but there were many passages and even whole chapters that really weren't needed to move the plot forward. The characters were fairly one-dimensional. The author's note at the end further disappointed me. I knew the book was his first, originally published in 1998, so I kept this in mind as I read. However, Stein states in his note at the end of the book that he had the opportunity to make changes before is return to print in 2010. He could have developed his cha ...more
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Mar 19, 2010 Freda Mans-Labianca rated it it was amazing
I knew this book was a hit for me, when I fought with myself over whether to go to sleep or read one more chapter. In the end, I finished this story in 2 days.
From the moment I started reading, I was pulled in. Gradually the book built up, and in a way that half the book was done before I noticed.
I really loved how the author formed the characters in the story. Each one highlighted in a way, that wasn't too descriptive yet gave you everything you needed.
Beautifully written, and truly an amazing
Jul 31, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Garth Stein's first novel, years before "Art of Racing in the Rain." I've been reading his old stuff and have was surprised at how terrifying this novel was. Jenna lives in Seattle with her husband (as does Stein). Her marriage is on the rocks, as they are grieving over the drowning of their young son. Jenna heads to Alaska to get away, and discovers that her son's death may hold more meaning. Jenna's grandmother was part of the Tlingit tribe, and their folklore speaks of the kushtaka, a ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Annie rated it really liked it
This book moved me in a way I did not expect. It is an unpredictable story complete with characters that made me cry out in anguish- including the dog. The "bad" guys were not really bad, were they? I thoroughly enjoyed the peak into Tlingit culture, better and more suspensful and possibly plausible, than any of the modern zombie tales currently being raved about. I met Garth once on a book tour of The Art of Racing in the Rain, another excellent read. I look forward to his next publication when ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Gmr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fiction fans, and those that enjoy learning a bit about native culture as well as a good story
A great story combining the ties of family life, love and loss with native mystical lore to create a story you won't soon forget.

Jenna and Robert seem to have it all. A great life, great friends, and their little boy, Bobby. While trying to expand their earthly wealth, they travel to the newly built Thunder Bay Resort for a little business and a little pleasure. But things are not always what they seem, for the land this place inhabits was owned long before the business officers arrived...and th
Apr 18, 2010 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a story that should be told around a campfire. It is based on a Tinglit Indian legend. The story was a little unconventional for me; I had just finished a book about ghosts and was now reading about soul, stealing otters. But Garth Stein is a very good storyteller. The book has a lot of unneccessary swear words, which is interesting because this is a second edition and the only changes that were made were to "cut much of the vulgarity." I glad I read the cut version.
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Garth Stein is the author of four novels: the New York Times bestselling gothic/historical/coming-of-age/ghost story, "A Sudden Light"; the internationally bestselling "The Art of Racing in the Rain"; the PNBA Book Award winner, "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets"; and the magically realistic "Raven Stole the Moon." He is also the author of the stage play "Brother Jones." He has a dog, he' ...more
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