People of the Whale: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 15, 2010 - Fiction - 312 pages
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"Deeply ecological, original, and spellbinding." —Booklist, starred review

Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.

 

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As a group we loved the fluidity of the writing and language, the lullaby sense of ebb and flow. Hogan examines the themes of heroism, community and spirituality through the eyes of gender. The male ... Read full review

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This is one of those books I'm going to re-read. It's just so RICH. The writing is astounding, and the story is compelling. Such wisdom and healing - wide and deep as the sea, and the whales and the ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
9
Deathless
26
Body Lies
45
The Son of Thomas
59
1988 66 PART
111
Dark Houses 101 The Rain Priest
124
The Names
243
Ruth Watching
258
The Man Who Killed the Whale
282
Acknowledgments
303
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Linda Hogan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Mean Spirit. Her other honors include an American Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

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