People of the Whale

People of the Whale : A Novel

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Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 137 x 211 x 23mm | 286g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0393335348
  • 9780393335347
  • 561,179

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"Dream-like...While filled with heartbreaking events, the novel has a life-affirming spirit that makes the journey worthwhile." -- Library Journal "Powerful...Hogan employs just the right touch of spiritualism in this engrossing tale." -- Publishers Weekly "People of the Whale is pure magic-and pure truth. It's as perfect as a smooth stone." -- Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig "Hauntingly wise, beautifully written, and fiercely tender, People of the Whale goes between realms of animal and human, between Native and non-Native, between the radiant world as it once was and still might become. This book is a bridge, a revelation, an open heart." -- Brenda Peterson, author of Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals "With her unparalleled gifts for truth and magic, Linda Hogan reinforces my faith in reading, writing, living." -- Barbara Kingsolver
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About Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Mean Spirit. Her other honors include an American Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
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754 ratings
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4 37% (280)
3 22% (165)
2 5% (40)
1 2% (15)
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