Author: Garth Stein
Published: Harper Collins March 9, 2010
Source: Terra Communications
On impulse, Jenna Rosen leaves the party she and her real estate developer husband, Robert, are attending in Seattle, takes his BMW and drives north to Bellingham. Again on impulse, she hops on the ferry to the Alaskan town where her Tlingit Indian grandmother lived and died. But there's more than impulse at work here: Jenna and Robert's 5-year-old son, Bobby, drowned in Alaska just two years ago, and something is drawing Jenna back to the scene. On the ferry, she's given a carved silver charm of a Tlingit spirit called a kushtaka, a stealer of souls. "Tlingits don't have good and evil," a local shaman explains, telling the story of how the spirit known as Raven gave the world the sun, moon, and stars by stealing them from someone else. As Jenna learns more about the kushtakas, helped by this very sophisticated shaman and an understanding fisherman, she begins to believe that her son's soul is being held captive by these spirits, as revenge for her husband's greed. Garth Stein's persuasive prose draws us into a book that mixes fantasy with tragedy and the natural human desire for closure.
My Thoughts:Highly Recommended
I loved this book.....loved it. It's a story of a mother that is broken and damaged, who needs to find some closure in her life after the death of her young son. One night she walks away from her husband, and her life in Washington and heads back to Alaska looking for answers. The mystical elements of this book are extremely well written and I loved how Stein worked them into this story line, especially using his own Tlingit culture and sharing it with the reader. It made this book fresh and unique. At times, you wonder if Jenna is insane and you are not entirely sure if what she is experiencing and seeing is truly real. Then you sit back and ask yourself......do you believe in the spirit world? I'm a huge fan of The First North American series and this book shares some of the Indian folklore feel of that series. There is also a menacing tone that hums behind the story and you feel yourself becoming tense, anxious, and sometimes frightened as to what will happen next. I'm honestly very surprised that this book is out-of-print, but thanks to Garth's publisher they offered to reprint it. I'm so glad that they did because this truly is a book worth reading!!
4.5 stars out of 5
2 copies for giveaway!!!Harper Collins is releasing this book on March 9th and to help kick it off they have offered me an additional copy to giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, if you're interested in winning your own copy of this wonderful book please leave your email address in the comment section and on March 14th I will let the Fruit Machine pick a winner!!!