A Sudden Country A Sudden Country

A Sudden Country

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption.

James MacLaren, once a resourceful and ambitious Hudson’s Bay Company trader, has renounced his aspirations for a quiet family life in the Bitterroot wilderness. Yet his life is overturned in the winter of 1846, when his Nez Perce wife deserts him and his children die of smallpox. In the grip of a profound sorrow, MacLaren, whose home once spanned a continent, sets out to find his wife. But an act of secret vengeance changes his course, introducing him to a different wife and mother: Lucy Mitchell, journeying westward with her family.

Lucy, a remarried widow, careful mother, and reluctant emigrant, is drawn at once to the self-possessed MacLaren. Convinced that he is the key to her family’s safe passage, she persuades her husband to employ him. As their hidden stories and obsessions unfold, and pasts and cultures collide, both Lucy and MacLaren must confront the people they have truly been, are, and may become.

Alive with incident and insight, presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth-century traders, immigrants, and Native Americans, A Sudden Country is, above all, a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss, sacrifice and understanding.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2005
August 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Ironman Sherpa ,

Compellingly

Felt as if I were on the journey every page of the way. Ended as it should have, not as I wanted it too. A insightful look into the self, life’s purposes and responsibilities.

JenOmaha ,

Incredible

This is a most extraordinary book. At first I kept reading just to try and figure out what was happening. It didn’t feel like I would or could know the two main characters. Over the course of the book they developed and evolved in ways that were sometimes surprising.
The writing is just gorgeous. This is the best book I have read in quite a while.

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