4.09.2013

North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey By Shannon Huffman Poulson


After her parents are killed in a rare grizzly attack, the author is forced into a wilderness of grief. Turning to loves she learned from her father, Polson explores the perilous terrain of grief through music, the natural world, and her faith. Her travels take her from the suburbs of Seattle to the concert hall where she sings Mozart's Requiem, and ultimately into the wilderness of Alaska's remote Arctic and of her heart.

This deeply moving narrative is shot through with the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy. Polson's deep appreciation for the untamed and remote wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic moves her story effortlessly between adventure, natural history, and sacred pilgrimage, as much an internal journey as a literal one. Readers who appreciate music or adventure narratives and the natural world or who are looking for new ways to understand loss will find guidance, solace, and a companionable voice in this extraordinary debut. 

This book is compiled of the authors own memories as well as the life of her Father and Stepmother. She decided to deal with grief in her own way by taking an adventure with her adoptive brother, that she was never close, with and his friend, someone she never even knew. I found this a bit odd since she was taking a grief journey I figured she would choose someone who was also close with Rich & Kathy. They raft down the Alaskan river and visit the campsite where her parents were killed by a grizzly bear.
There are some great descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness and it's rugged beauty as well as the memories she shared with her parents. 
I'm not sure I enjoyed this book as much as I thought I would, but it was a good read all the same. It is a good read for someone struggling with grieving a loss of a parent.

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Book provided by Handlebar publishing in exchange for an honest review

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