Pages: 77 / 421 (eReader edition); 38%
The Reason for the Reaping: This novel is on the extremely long list for the Morning News’s 2017 Tournament of Books. Look that sh*t up. Also, the cover is beautiful.
As I Lay Summarizing: It’s the 1880s, and America is taking a swing at exploring the unforgiving Alaskan frontier (Russia effed it up 100 years ago). Allen Forrester leads the expedition, and his wife Sophie is j. chilling in Vancouver hoping he doesn’t die from frostbite or hypothermia or something. Read their journals to see whaddup.
The Line That Killed Me: “—What would a white man want with an Indian child?
“—Fear, the trapper said” (19). Death by what has been done.
Best Character: Pruitt
Why [As] You Like It: An epistolary novel done correctly. I rully dislike epistolary works, what with their weirdly specific, oddly plot-driven diary entries and letters. Ivey makes it realistic, and there are pictures and other things to spice it up. The format complements the exploration narrative wonderfully and rounds out the aura of a cold, wind-swept piece of historical fiction. We are surely in capable hands.
Why I’m Gone, Girl: ??? idk. This is a really enjoyable read so far! It feels and reads very realistically, and the subject matter is v interesting. Eowyn (as her name totally suggests) knows where the adventure lies!
Last Line, Last Chance: “Sophie”
Will I turn the page, or toss it into Mount Doom?
I see no reason to not turn the page. It’s only slightly colder in Alaska than Minnesota, right? The exploration continues!