Author(s): Eowyn Ivey
Set in the Alaskan landscape that she brought 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. *SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDWARD STANFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS 2016* 'A clever, ambitious novel' The Sunday Times 'Persuasive and vivid...Breathtaking' Guardian Winter 1885. Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester accepts the mission of a lifetime, to navigate Alaska's Wolverine River. It is a journey that promises to open up a land shrouded in mystery, but there's no telling what awaits Allen and his small band of men. Allen leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have. Sophie would have loved nothing more than to carve a path through the wilderness alongside Allen - what she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage of her that it does of her husband.
~ I was very excited to learn that Eowyn Ivey had written a new book, as I am a huge fan of her debut, The Snow Child.
To the Bright Edge of the World is set in Alaska in the late 1800's, and follows the story of Sophie and her new husband Colonel Allen Forrester as they are parted for months when he is assigned to map the new territory of the Alaskan wilderness, up the Wolverine river. It is told through their journal entries, letters along with snippets of museum annotations, photographs, news excerpts and the modern day correspondence between an Alaskan museum curator and the couple's elderly descendant who is delving into their story. Sophie, though deeply adventurous, must stay behind as she is pregnant and will face truly hard times of her own in his absence, but also pursuing her love of wildlife and exploring the fairly new science of photography, much to the gossip of her fellow ladies in society. It is a lonely existence with Allen gone and her confined to the barracks, and the reader is privy to every heartache, boredom, victory and observation from Sophie's point of view. Fascinating too, is Colonel Allen's intrepid journey up the Wolverine with his dwindling band of men and a mysterious Native Indian woman who comes and goes as she pleases. They face huge danger at the previously impassable Wolverine as the ice begins to melt, starvation, despair, even madness witnessing visions they never thought possible and finding that in the strange and wild heart of Alaska, the line between legend, magic and reality is blurred. They meet tribes of Indians and learn to survive on nearly nothing as their resources are steadily lost, and the Colonel longs to return home to his young wife before Winter sets in. This book is an intriguing and affecting read, and contains Eowyn's trademark lyrical writing style. I wasn't disappointed! Jemma
A clever, ambitious novel The Sunday Times 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 dazzling depiction of love, endurance, courage and wonder, and a worthy successor to THE SNOW CHILD -- Ron Rash Absorbing... a superior page turner Daily Mail Absorbing... their love for each other is beautifully rendered The Times 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 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 Enchanting... a fascinating, adventurous tale Grazia A rich and involving story of endurance, love and the Alaskan wilderness that captured me from the off Woman & Home Charming, whimsical and sometimes heat-breaking Red Entrancing... In this splendid adventure novel, Ivey captures Alaska's beauty and brutality, not just preserving history, but keeping it alive Publisher's Weekly Ivey's prose glitters...if this one doesn't win her a major award, I'll eat my trapper's hat The Tablet Unique... absorbing Stylist (Book Wars Winner) Beautifully lyrical Sunday Express 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
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.