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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  35 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 ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1992)
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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
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
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
Cynthia F Davidson
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
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.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent adventure story of a strong willed and determined woman making her life in Alaska.
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Mitchell Smith is an American author writing crime fiction and science fiction.

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