To the Bright Edge of the World – Eowyn Ivey

3821055    To the Bright Edge of the World – Eowyn Ivey, Hachette audio, (9781478965855), 2016

Format:  cd audiobook

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre: historical fiction.

What did you like about the book? Just after they are married in 1885, Sophie and Colonel Allen Forrester are to take a trip to Alaska where they will part and Allen will lead an expedition up the Wolverine River, as then uncharted territory. Sophie does not make it that far as she is found to be newly pregnant and must remain behind in Vancouver. Allen has two men with him, and various Indian guides along the way. The men encounter near-starvation, illness, strange, almost-supernatural occurrences and superstition. Sophie loses her baby but devotes herself to learning photography, being fascinated by birds and light. The research for this work is admirable b0th for the early history of Alaska and of the beginnings of ornithological photography.  As an audiobook, the readers are adept in conveying the emotional turmoil of the characters.

To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to those who like adventure and history in a fictional format, especially history of Alaska before it was a state.

Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Adult cd audiobooks

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I was not that riveted to the story but others may well be.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 11/7/2016

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