Two Old Women

Two Old Women

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival

eBook - 2013 | 20th anniversary edition
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Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2013
Edition: 20th anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 006224499X (electronic bk.)
9780062244994 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 398.208987 WAL
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: 2 old women


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This novel, based on a legend from the indigenous Gwich’in people of Alaska, pits two elderly women against conditions that would test even the young and healthy. Sa’ (75) and Ch’idzigyaak (80) are abandoned by their tribe in the treacherous winter tundra. Rather than despair over this betrayal, ... Read More »

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Aug 07, 2016

This is a beautiful heartfelt tale of the triumph of two older women in the face of hardship and adversity. I loved the writing, the details of their journey and the simple moral of the tale. A beautiful and worthwhile read.

Jul 01, 2015

I really enjoyed this book! I loved how the two old women had to work together to survive, how they had to rely on skills long forgotten, and the theme of perseverance, strength, and forgiveness that shines throughout the book. I would definitely read this aloud to my kids...good lessons to be learned from this one!

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

squicked Dec 06, 2013

This is a great book! Absolutely loved it!

Jan 09, 2012

A simple story of resilience and courage. Youth and adult would benefit from the wisdom of this legend.
A small band of People are starving in the bitter winter of Alaska. The decision is made to move and leave 2 aged women behind as they are no longer pulling their weight, The women can do nothing and die or draw on their inner strengths and knowledge of the People.


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