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The Raven's Gift

The Raven’s Gift

Don Rearden

  • awardWinner, Alaskan Novel of the Year, United States, 2011
  • What happens when an epidemic strikes—and no one comes to help?

    Lured north to a Yup'ik village on the Alaskan tundra in search of adventure, John Morgan and his wife Anna can barely contain their excitement. But something is about to go terribly wrong.

    Shifting from contemporary Eskimo village life to a gripping post-apocalyptic nightmare, The Raven’s Gift dares to confront the terrifying possibility of an impending catastrophic loss of human life—and love.

    Don Rearden
    About the Author

    Don Rearden grew up on the tundra of Southwestern Alaska. His experiences with the Yup'ik Eskimo culture shaped both his writing and to a larger extent his worldview. While he is a produced screenwriter and published poet, his heart often draws his writing back to characters and stories that originate on the tundra. In his fiction he hopes to...

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    Extent:
    296pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    2 July 2012
    ISBN:
    9781921922862
    AU Price:
    $29.99
    NZ Price:
    $37.00
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    Praise for Don Rearden
    andThe Raven’s Gift

    The Raven’s Gift has a winning plot, characters we’ve never met before, and intriguing details of a world most of us will never venture to—creating a read that opens our eyes and finds the fault lines of a heart in one breathless sitting.’

    ‘Don Rearden has created a kind of allegory for a people and place at risk, a generous and honest portrait of Yup'ik communities. His Alaska is one you won’t yet have seen.' 

    ‘The book is fantastic, one of the best books about Alaska I have ever read. It calls to mind Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King, but at the same time it is all its own. The Raven’s Gift is the story of a couple teaching in a remote Alaskan village when a epidemic sweeps through. People are dying in isolation, and others descending into savage violence. It is a survival story and an edge-of-the-seat thriller.’

    The Raven’s Gift is a disturbingly believable tale of a world on the edge, given the slight push to send it over. Rearden knows his Alaska, his snow and cold, the isolation in these pages enough to make you pull up the blankets and wonder what you’d do without rescue, without communication, with no one to go to for help, no one coming to the rescue. Like McCarthy’s The Road, there are pages in here you might shy away from reading, but hang on, once you start, you’ll be along for the ride.' 

    ‘An epic adventure, a work of mythical proportions, never to be forgotten.’

    ‘A post-apocalyptic novel that will set your hair on end.’

    ‘The plot is well-paved and gripping enough, but the book’s strength lies in its powerful and evocative descriptions of Alaska’s landscape, its people and its ancient culture. Make sure you are somewhere warm when you read this, as the cold desolation of the landscape and the unsettling nature of the story will chill you to your bones.’

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