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Bothell_Librarians Nov 26, 2019
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When all else fails, move to Alaska. Leni's father, a Vietnam war veteran with untreated PTSD, reaches this conclusion and moves his family to Alaska, with disastrous results.
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KCLSAarene Aug 26, 2019
It's 1974. Dad is a Vietnam POW survivor and has massive PTSD, including nightmares and rampant paranoia--and living in Alaska makes everything worse. Mom figures that if she loves him enough, he'll stop bashing her around. Daughter figures if she can keep a low-enough profile, everything will be... Read More »
Set in 1970's Alaska, a family tries to survive the harsh elements...and each other.
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“All at once, it seemed, the leaves of cottonwood trees around the cabin turned golden and whispered to themselves, then curled into black flutes and floated to the ground in crispy, lacy heaps.”
“And the books! She’d never seen so many. They whispered to her of unexplored worlds and unmet friends and she realized that she wasn’t alone in this new world. Her friends were here, spine out, waiting for her as they always had.”
“You don’t stop loving a person when they’re hurt. You get stronger so they can lean on you.”
“He taught her something new about friendship: it picked right back up where you’d left off, as if you hadn’t been apart at all.”
“I think you stand by the people you love.”
“It’s scary that people can just stop loving you, you know?”
“like all fairy tales, theirs was filled with thickets and dark places and broken dreams, and runaway girls.”
“Alaska isn't about who you were when you headed this way. It's about who you become.”
“... home was not just a cabin in a deep woods that overlooked a placid cove. Home was a state of mind, the peace that came from being who you were and living an honest life.”
“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.”
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This book is every bit as good as Nightingale. I got so involved with the characters that, at times, I had to put the book down because it made me so anxious and nervous about what was going to happen to them. I can't wait to read another of Kristin's books. 5 star rating from me!
This story of life in Alaska evolves around a family (the Allbrights') Ernst, his wife, and Leni, their Daughter who move up to Alaska after Ernst is left the property by a friend he knew during the Vietnam War. Ernst suffered from PTSD and creates havoc and fear whereever he goes. I was unable to put the book down; an excellent read and well recommended.
Other: death of a parent, alcoholism, depression, ptsd
Violence: domestic abuse