Synopses & Reviews
In this "moving...unpredictable and absorbing debut" (Publishers Weekly), Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller.
When Jenna Rosen abandons her comfortable Seattle life to revisit Wrangell, Alaska, it's a wrenching return to her past. Long ago the home of her Native American grandmother, Wrangell is located near the Thunder Bay resort where Jenna's young son, Bobby, drowned two years before. There, determined to lay to rest the aching mystery of his death, she hears whispers of Tlingit legends that tell of powerful, menacing forces -- and discovers a frightening new possibility about Bobby's fate.
Warned by a practicing shaman against disturbing the legendary kushtaka -- soul-stealing predators that stalk the netherworld between land and sea, the living and the dead -- Jenna turns to Eddie, a local fisherman, to help her separate fact from myth. But she can't deny her protective motherly instincts, and Jenna's quest for the truth about her son -- and the strength of her beliefs -- is about to pull her into a terrifying, life-changing abyss....
(East Hampton, New York)
Garth Stein is a true storyteller.
A striking first thriller.
Stein intriguingly blurs the line between legend and conventional reality.
An amazing debut...deeply moving, superbly crafted and highly unconventional.
Jenna Rosen abandons her comfortable Seattle life to return to the remote Alaskan town where her young son disappeared from two years before. Determined to uncover the mystery of his death, she discovers that the truth is shrouded in legend. Jenna sifts through the beliefs of her ancestors, the Tlingit, and learns about a dangerous netherland between life and death. Armed with nothing but a mother's protective instincts, Jenna's quest for the truth is about to pull her into a terrifying and life-changing abyss.
About the Author
an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, was coproducer of the Academy Award-winning short film, The Lunch Date,
and director of When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut,
an award-winning documentary. The great-grandson of a Tlingit Indian, he was raised in Seattle and lives in New York City with his wife and son. His web page can be visited at www.ravenmoon.com.