The Wind Is Not a River
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The Wind Is Not a River

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The Wind Is Not a River is Brian Payton's gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife--separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil--fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.

Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, he heads north to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.

While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the birthplace of winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.

Alone at home, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is--and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 119.38 x 180.34 x 7.62mm | 249.47g
  • Ecco Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 006227998X
  • 9780062279989
  • 1,510,266

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"What a great-hearted, beautifully written, and utterly riveting novel. It has a power that brings to mind the old Greek stories of war, love, and journey."--Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena and Nothing Gold Can Stay
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Journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in the loss of his younger brother to the war in Europe. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to document the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government. Trapped behind enemy lines, in a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, he must battle starvation and hopelessness while evading capture by the Japanese.

Three thousand miles to the south, Helen is forced to reimagine who she is--and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.

A story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.
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3,056 ratings
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