January 2006/2007
W. W. Norton & Company
New York, London
ISBN 978-0393061109 / 978-0393329759


peter at thefugitivewife dot com

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–New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice”

“Enormously satisfying. …In the end, Brown’s impressive debut is less about
the search for gold than the search for self.”
-New York Times Book Review

"Storytelling at its best."
-Denver Post

"Peter C. Brown's sure and often lyrical evocation of the wild Alaskan coast speaks not only of knowledge but also of love."
-Washington Post

"This is an eloquent, memorable first novel, with high-powered characters whose prickly exteriors, created out of the need to survive, hide affectingly yearning and haunted souls."
-Publishers Weekly

"All about passion, whether for flesh or fortune, romance or adventure, this sweeping debut renders poetically the dynamics of desire."
-Kirkus Reviews

“[A] cinematic and artfully braided tale.”
-Star Tribune

“Vividly told…. Skillfully combines elements of history, suspense, and romance.”
-Library Journal

“This book was pure pleasure from first to last pages.”
-Quail Ridge Books

“A story of complex human emotions, and there are no villains. …Brown balances themes that will interest all readers.”
-Pioneer Press

“Extremely impressive.”
-Anchorage Daily News

“Few novels so successfully combine a compelling story with such fascinating historical detail.”
-Elliott Bay Book Company

“A muscular tale of Alaska and the Midwest, with a compelling heroine, a love story, a 'villain' you can't quite hate, and great historical detail about the 'other' Gold Rush. A book that works for readers of both genders."
-Book Sense, Lilla Weinberger, Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA