To the Bright Edge of the World

To the Bright Edge of the World

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return—once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him. The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?The truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives—and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they're gone—forever.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780316365598
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Oct 05, 2017

In Kit Keeper with both regular and large print

CMLibrary_sdeason Oct 04, 2017

One of the best books of 2016. The balance between historical fiction and mysticism is entrancing. Highly recommended for book clubs.

Jun 02, 2017

Ivey's choice of the epistolary novel as her vehicle to tell this story was a wise one, connecting the two stories (his and hers) as their letters go back and forth. I spent a too-brief period in this part of Alaska many years ago -- her description really brought back vivid memories of the land. The touches of mystery/myth make the native peoples (with whom Forrester is able to communicate only partially) approachable and sympathetic for the reader - but was a big risk for the author, That she pulled it off successfully may explain why this is an author who is gaining an reputation internationally. I very much enjoyed this novel.

MissLauraStorytime Jan 04, 2017

Eowyn Ivey has written a novel that can be put into the same league as Edward Rutherfurd's New York: a Novel, and Ken Follett's Century trilogy. Multiple settings and characters are connected in both seen, and unseen, ways. People reveal themselves through the diaries and letters that are Ivey's chosen medium. Historical fiction intermingles with the spiritual world, and memories are seemingly alive. A tightly written saga that will be loved by those who like to be transported to different places, times, and worlds.

Oct 11, 2016

It's been a while since I read a book that is journal entries, letters, newspaper clippings, etc. all making up a story, and I really liked it. There's a lot of beauty in this book. It's not just about an expedition, but about friendship, and love, the fantastic, and so much more. Some parts are slow but overall, I found it very entertaining. I recommend this book if you want to read something different.

SPL_Brittany Oct 01, 2016

I enjoyed Ivey's beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness, stories of friendship, endurance and survival in the harsh and unforgiving climate, as well as learning about Alaska's indigenous people, their culture and legends the Colonel and his team encountered during his expedition.

This is a very leisurely read that will require many cups of tea, that will transport you into another time and place. Readers who enjoy novels from multiple perspectives through diary entries, journals, letters and military logs will enjoy this novel.

Sep 22, 2016

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Sep 20, 2016

This is a sophomore novel told with letters and journals based on a true story of a US army officer and schoolteacher - photographer separated by military exploration in Alaska in the 1880s. It's a wonderfully accessible and important experience of relationships with indigenous peoples, their legends and their nature.

multcolib_susannel Sep 18, 2016

When they venture into the uncharted land of love and death Lt. Col. Allen Forrester and his wife Sophia find their strength in their desire to understand- the world around them- and each other.

multcolib_dianaa Sep 12, 2016

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m a little heartbroken that I’ve finished it.
I loved the wild Alaskan setting in this novel about explorers in the 1880s, the threads of magical realism, and the deep consideration of the place and its history.

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