“Pieces of magic also surface in Linda Hogan’s evocative and largely realistic “People of the Whale.” The book follows the tragic love story of Thomas Witka Just and Ruth Small, a couple with inherited, supernatural affinities for water — their Native American community is bound to the sea — who seem destined to be together before a rash decision and the Vietnam War intervene.”
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A compassionate novel about the beauty of the natural world and the painful moral choices humans make in it. With a keen sense of the environment, spirituality, and the trauma of war, People of the Whale is a powerful novel for our times from a writer who continues to take on the most difficult contemporary Native issues.
“In her remarkable new novel, Hogan … explores themes of love and loss among the A’atsika people of Washington State … [Her] style is both dreamlike and realistic, with a nonlinear narrative that loops back on itself as more and more is revealed.”
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