"No one should miss this beautiful legend." -- Tony Hillerman
Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.
Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).
This novel of two Native American women abandoned by their tribe in the Alaskan Yukon won the 1993 Western State Book award.
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Very good. Didn't want it to end.i have traveled to the artic circle in July and I know that the weather was terrible.
Loved Two Old Women
I love this book and buy it for friends, though few rarely read it. That is their loss.
I am older and found this to be one of the most empowering books for women in general. It has themes of courage, resilience, resentment, abandonment and finally, forgiveness. Forgiveness is very hard for me to do at times!