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The barrens : a novel of love and death in the Canadian arctic  Cover Image Book Book

The barrens : a novel of love and death in the Canadian arctic / Kurt Johnson, Ellie Johnson.

Johnson, Kurt, (author.). Johnson, Ellie. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781950994489
  • ISBN: 1950994481
  • Physical Description: 281 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Arcade Publilshing, 2022.

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Summary, etc.:
"This riveting debut is at once a white-water adventure, coming-of-age novel, and tale of tragic love-and an extraordinary father-daughter collaboration. Two young women attending college decide to have a summer adventure canoeing the rapids-strewn Thelon River that runs 450 miles through the uninhabited Barren Lands of subarctic Canada. Holly made the trip once before with a group of skilled paddlers she trained with at camp, and she wants to share that experience with her friend and lover, Lee, believing it will draw them closer. But a week in, Holly, the risk-taker, falls while taking a selfie near the edge of a cliff. She is left injured and comatose, and soon dies. Their locator beacon for summoning rescue was smashed in Holly's fall. It remains to Lee, the inexperienced paddler, to continue the grueling and dangerous trip alone, to save herself and return her lover's body to civilization and Holly's family. In their relationship, Holly and Lee had always told each other stories; Holly had called Lee a "storyist." Storytelling helps Lee endure the rigors of her journey and engage her grief as she explores her relationship with Holly while chronicling her own coming-of-age off the grid in Nebraska with her estranged eco-anarchist, survivalist father who is now serving time in prison"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Grief > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Survival > Fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Scenic Regional.


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