Point of Direction

Point of Direction

3.75 (957 ratings by Goodreads)
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Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for each other, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of a deep channel--a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. What seems the perfect adventure for these two quickly unravels, as closely-held secrets pull them apart, and the surrounding waters threaten uncertain danger. A psychological thriller set against the rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, Point of Direction is an exquisite literary debut.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 18mm | 272g
  • Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • English
  • 193543991X
  • 9781935439912
  • 1,288,429

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An Indie Next selection

The romance between a hitchhiker and the fisherman who picks her up becomes ever more complicated when they agree to become caretakers of a remote Alaskan lighthouse, in this strikingly vivid debut novel.--O, The Oprah Magazine

An impressive debut that makes brilliant use of the harsh and beautiful Alaskan seascape.--Publishers Weekly

"Point of Direction is a smart, tough, gorgeous novel, written in prose so quietly luminous it seems cut straight out of the Alaska landscape it so brilliantly brings to life. This is a debut to be excited about.--Laird Hunt, author of Kind One, 2013 PEN / Faulkner Award Finalist

Rachel Weaver's evocation of isolation in Alaska and in the landscape of the human mind are impressive and spot on. Point of Direction is a fine and compelling read.--Seth Kantner, author of the national bestseller, Ordinary Wolves

A lighthouse on an island off the coast of Alaska. A couple together on that island, each alone with the losses that haunt them. Rachel Weaver's Point of Direction beautifully explores love, loss, and the mysteries of memory, all set in an Alaska that stuns the senses.--William Haywood Henderson, author of Augusta Locke

"Rarely do the interior landscapes of heart and mind reverberate with such power against the external world of glacier, water, and wind as they do in Point of Direction. Rachel Weaver's gripping story of two lovers plumbing the depths of their respective pasts, while struggling to survive in a lighthouse on a remote Alaskan island, wholly satisfies with breathtaking writing and raw emotional truth. "--Gail D. Storey, author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award

"A riveting debut! This powerful and moving literary novel explores how wilderness that enchants us also haunts us, with the very demons we bring to it. Weaver deftly engrosses us in the unique culture of Alaska, and in the minds and hearts of a young couple fleeing their secret pasts. Point of Direction is a gripping and deeply satisfying story; I could not put it down.--Elizabeth Wrenn, author of Second Chance
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About Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. Her work has been published in The Gettysburg Review and the Blue Mesa Review. She has also worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying songbirds, raptors, and black and brown bears. Rachel currently lives in Colorado.
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957 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 20% (194)
4 42% (404)
3 31% (292)
2 6% (58)
1 1% (9)
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