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06 March 2010

Book Review: Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein

Title: Raven Stole the Moon
Author: Garth Stein
Publication: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Paperback: 464 Pages
ISBN: 978-0061806384
Genre: Fiction


From the Publisher

From the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain comes an extraordinary tale of grief, devotion, redemption, and timeless mystery.

When Jenna Rosen abandons her comfortable Seattle life to visit Wrangell, Alaska, it's a wrenching return to her past. The hometown of her Native American grandmother, Wrangell is located near the Thunder Bay Resort, where Jenna's young son, Bobby, disappeared two years before. His body was never recovered, and Jenna is determined to lay to rest the aching mystery of his death. But whispers of ancient legends begin to suggest a frightening new possibility about Bobby's fate, and Jenna must sift through the beliefs of her ancestors, the Tlingit, who still tell of powerful, menacing forces at work in the Alaskan wilderness. Armed with nothing but a mother's protective instincts, Jenna's quest for the truth behind her son's disappearance is about to pull her into a terrifying and life-changing abyss.

My Review:

Raven Stole the Moon
is a hauntingly beautiful, heart-wrenching page-turner, which immediately captures the reader's attention and does not let go. Garth Stein's novel weaves in the beliefs and the culture of the Tlingit of Alaska, in this well-written novel filled with a deep sadness, Native American legends, and the longing to become whole. The novel begins with the 2-year anniversary of the death of Jenna Rosen's son, whose body was never recovered in the wilderness of Alaska. Jenna heads to Wrangell, Alaska, in a desperate attempt to find answers to the strange and mysterious circumstances surrounding her son's death. Robert, left behind in Seattle, desperate to find Jenna, hires a private investigator to find his wife. Stein does an exceedingly brilliant job with this novel. Raven Stole the Moon is a vividly written novel, which came at times to be rather disturbing, however, not without reason, which is one of the reasons Raven Stole the Moon is such a brilliant and haunting novel of love, loss, and the question of what being whole truly means. Stein's novel would make for an excellent weekend of reading, be certain to have tissues handy.

About the Author: To learn more about Garth Stein please visit his website.

I received a complimentary copy of Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein from Terra Communications. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.


1 comment:

fredamans said...

This one looks really good! Good review!