Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Due North” as Want to Read:
Due North
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Due North

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Trying to survive in a harsh landscape, Sarah Maher has been traumatized by having to watch helplessly while her beloved husband is killed by a bear. When Sarah returns to Seattle, she finds the pressures of civilization more frightening than her memory of the bear. Written by the author of Stone City and Daydreams, Due North is ultimately about love and redemption and bel ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1992)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Due North, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Due North

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.74  · 
Rating details
 ·  38 ratings  ·  6 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Due North
Tiffany Risner
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
After reading the first 100 pages of Mitchell Smith’s Due North, this was my first impression:

Beginning with the positives: It is worth the read based on the compelling characters alone. The protagonist, Sarah, is deeply drawn and done surprisingly well for a male author. Mitchell doesn’t ever suppose he knows what it’s like to be a woman, but he inserts enough to be convincing. There aren’t any of her musings, and so the reader is allowed to guess and suppose what she is going through after he
...more
Joseph Hirsch
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a fascinating, albeit somewhat episodic, book about a woman trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness, by hunting and trapping. Sometime after her husband is killed, she returns to civilization to live with her sister, for a time, in Seattle. Although the majority of reviews focus on the survival-in-the-wilderness portion of the novel, I actually enjoyed the sequences in which the protagonist attempts to re-acclimate herself to society. There are some humorous and insightful exchanges ...more
Sunset_Va
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sara Maher is one of the strongest people I have ever read about. Without going into the plot, if you want to understand what bush Alaska is like, this is an excellent book to comprehend how the people live.


What is amazing is that the author wrote this book feminine , to this day after reading it at least 5 times, it stands as one of my favorite books. As to Sara being strong, read the book pertaining to how she handled her mother's terminal illness, and you will understand. Most people would th
...more
Cynthia F Davidson
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pi-book-club
I loved this story but felt the author didn't know enough to take it further. Ideally the woman whose husband is mauled by a bear could take upon herself 'bear medicine' after such a sacrifice, but perhaps Mitchell Smith didn't know of such things, or couldn't take his character there.
I've a fondness for stories set in the Cold North, tho' I live in Rhode Island. I enjoy feeling some kinship with the tougher folks, who tough it out, in tough climes. Maybe these stories are teaching me resilience
...more
Angela Lewis
Gripping story, real page turner. There are times when Sara seems to be a virtually ordinary person though she is a most exceptional woman. From north of North to Seattle each landscape is an extreme.
Jane
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent adventure story of a strong willed and determined woman making her life in Alaska.
John Trapp
rated it did not like it
Jun 05, 2017
Sam Powell
rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2016
Becky
rated it liked it
Mar 24, 2016
Lann
rated it it was ok
Sep 12, 2017
Leigh Ann
rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2017
Emily
rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2016
Pia
rated it liked it
Dec 01, 2010
Noel
rated it liked it
Sep 09, 2012
Susan
rated it it was ok
May 28, 2011
Brenda
rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2013
Jimmy
rated it did not like it
Nov 02, 2020
Noubliette
rated it it was amazing
Aug 10, 2011
Maudeen Wachsmith
rated it really liked it
Aug 28, 2007
Kermit Compeau
rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2016
Jean
rated it it was amazing
Oct 06, 2012
Greg
rated it really liked it
Aug 04, 2013
Jeremy
rated it liked it
Aug 27, 2011
Ginny Messina
rated it really liked it
Aug 24, 2007
Princess Chelsea
rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2014
Linda
rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2019
Noel Kavanagh
rated it it was amazing
Nov 15, 2013
Nicole
rated it liked it
Nov 02, 2012
Nat
rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2008
Janice
rated it really liked it
Mar 24, 2009
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Sun Down Motel
  • Olive, Again
  • The Thicket
  • Cold in July
  • Edge of Dark Water
  • Bubba Ho-Tep
  • The Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1)
  • Rusty Puppy
  • Jackrabbit Smile
  • Cold Cotton (Hap and Leonard)
  • Heart of the Country
  • The Deep
  • Above the Bay of Angels
  • The Memory of Running
  • Back in Society (Poor Relation, #6)
  • Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors
  • The Other Side of Midnight
  • Problem Child (Jane Doe, #2)
See similar books…
19 followers
Mitchell Smith is an American author writing crime fiction and science fiction.

Also known as Roy LeBeau.
...more

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
25 likes · 21 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »