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From the internationally bestselling author of The Snow Child comes an extraordinary story of discovery, adventure, and a husband and wife tested by the different paths their society expects them to tread.
Set in the Alaskan landscape that she bought to stunningly vivid life in The Snow Child (a Sunday Times bestseller, Richard and Judy pick and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Eowyn Ivey's To The Bright Edge Of The World is a breathtaking story of discovery set at the end of the nineteenth century, sure to appeal to fans of A Place Called Winter.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska's hitherto impassable Wolverine River, with only a small group of men. The Wolverine is the key to opening up Alaska, and its rich natural resources, to the outside world, but previous attempts have ended in tragedy.
Forrester leaves behing his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have. Adventurous in spirit, Sophie does not relish the prospect of a year in a military barracks, while her husband carves out a path through the wilderness. What she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage and fortitude of her that it does of her husband.
About the Author
Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Snow Child , was published in twenty-six languages, and became an international bestseller. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize 2013, and Eowyn won the International Author of the Year category at the 2012 National Book Awards. A former bookseller, Eowyn lives in Palmer, Alaska, with her family.
By page 50 I was researching the main characters and the area of Alaska the book is set in - only to find that, although based on historical fact, this book is almost pure fiction. Absolutely taken in by the memoir style, the photos and the supposed links to museums.
The prose is rich in description, reads easily and never loses the story line despite being told from the point of view of multiple characters.
A joy to read.
To the Bright Edge of the World
The precision of such descriptions of the natural world ground the novel in a gritty verisimilitude that then allows Ivey to build a fanciful, daring imaginative edifice: the meticulous realism of the foundation allows the fabulous elements of her fiction to soar * Guardian * Beautifully lyrical * Sunday Express * Unique... absorbing * Stylist (Book Wars Winner) * Ivey's prose glitters...if this one doesn't win her a major award, I'll eat my trapper's hat * The Tablet * Entrancing... In this splendid adventure novel, Ivey captures Alaska's beauty and brutality, not just preserving history, but keeping it alive * Publisher's Weekly * Charming, whimsical and sometimes heat-breaking * Red * A rich and involving story of endurance, love and the Alaskan wilderness that captured me from the off * Woman & Home * Enchanting... a fascinating, adventurous tale * Grazia * Absorbing and highly imaginative... Ivey, clearly a writer of prodigious talent, effortlessly knits these elements together to create an utterly enchanting read. Part intrepid adventure, part deeply affecting romance, this first-class novel is, at its heart, a love letter to the 'vast and cold beauty' of the last frontier * Daily Express * If I read another novel this year that I love as much as this I will be entirely surprised. This is a very special book indeed and Eowyn Ivey is an incredibly gifted writer, bringing to us all the wonder, beautiful strangeness and fragility of the Alaska she loves -- Kate Atherton Absorbing... their love for each other is beautifully rendered * The Times * Absorbing... a superior page turner * Daily Mail * A dazzling depiction of love, endurance, courage and wonder, and a worthy successor to THE SNOW CHILD -- Ron Rash A stunning and intriguing novel combining the epic adventurous sweep of Alaska with minutely beautifully observed details - the reader finishes it wiser and richer -- Rosamund Lupton A clever, ambitious novel * The Sunday Times *
ISBN: 9781472208613 ISBN-10: 1472208617 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 432 Published: 9th August 2016 Publisher: Headline Publishing Group Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1