Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Turn The Page Tuesday

Happy fourth of July!!!

This months Turn the Page Tuesday is of a partiotic nature. It is an American classic.
I picked "Two Old Women" an Alaskan legend of betrayal, courage and survival. by Velma Wallis.

This was a fast book to read. I enjoyed it & it made me think of things in a different manner.

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mother to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community and forgiveness speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness and wisdom.

The first paragraph starts out: "The air stretched tight, quiet and cold over the vast land. Tall spruce branches hung heavily laden with snow, awaiting distant spring winds. The frosted willows seemed to tremble in the freezing temperatures."



5 comments:

Adrienne said...

wow - I don't think I'd make it! I have no survival skills at all. This looks like a very interesting read - wonder how those old ladies turned out ... looks like I need to read the story ;-)

Jill said...

Lots of books about survival this month. This feels like a true "girl power" story. Thanks!

lisa said...

Sounds like a good read!

Paula said...

Sounds like a really good book, Stacey. I've never even heard of this one. Good review!

Heather Jane said...

I've never heard of it either! Sounds like a great thing to read while sweating and complaining about the heat...