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The Dead Go to Seattle
Tova Agard's world is literally falling apart: she's just been disowned by her father in a violent confrontation over her sexuality, and climate change is about to wreak havoc on the world around her. In the midst of catastrophe Tova meets Smithsonian Institute's ethnologist John Swanton on an Alaskan-ferry time machine, trapping Swanton on Tova's small hometown of Wrangel ...more
Published September 26th 2017 by Boreal Books
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So, this book might be what you'd get if Gabriel Garcia Marquez lived in Alaska. This is a great story that manages to feel intimate and sprawling all at the same time. If you have any interest at all in Alaska, especially Southeast, this is a great book to introduce you to aspects of the culture (both indigenous and otherwise) not easily seen by anyone who isn't a local. If you liked the Snow Child, and are willing to read something that isn't as linear a story, I would give this a try. Highly ...more
A thought provoking, beautiful, and unsettling book. This book asks important questions about storytelling, colonialism, indigenous storytelling, identity, and place. Time, location, and narrative forms blur. The prose and the characters will suck you in, and when the book is finished, it will linger in your mind. An important book.
Stories about story. Stories about being uneasy in one's skin. Stories about transformation. Over and over these beats keep drumming, and, for the most part, the song doesn't falter. The song is about heartache, injustice, and retribution. It's a strong song. It's a brave song.