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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Craven Narrator: Frank Mulle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Amid the grandeur of the remote Pacific Northwest stands Kingcome, a village so ancient that, according to Kwakiutl myth, it was founded by the two brothers left on earth after the great flood. The Native Americans who still live there call it Quee, a place of such incredible natural richness that hunting and fishing remain primary food sources.

But the old culture of totems and potlatch is being replaces by a new culture of prefab housing and alcoholism. Kingcome’s younger generation is disenchanted and alienated from its heritage. And now, coming upriver is a young vicar, Mark Brian, on a journey of discovery that can teach him—and us—about life, death, and the transforming power of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It has an epic quality…entrancing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rare and beautiful…you’ll never be the same again.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Memorable…A shining parable about the reconciliation of two cultures and two faiths.”

    Christian Science Monitor

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Armand | 2/15/2014

    " Once you get past the beginning, you'll thank yourself, because this is one of those books that makes you really think. Although confusing at times, the author's message is sincere and may even change the way you view certain things permanently. This is a must-read and in my opinion would have been a classic if the beginning wasn't so dang confusing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rae | 2/12/2014

    " A young Anglican missionary, fated to die shortly, is sent to the hardest perish of a remote Indian village in Canada. He is sensitive to and accepted by the locals and learns much about their myths. When an Indian sees an owl it usually indicates death is around the corner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/3/2014

    " I don't know how I grew up in Canada, on Vancouver Island and never read this book. Wonderful. I listened to half and then read half. I was a very touching and insightful read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Victoria Escobedo | 1/29/2014

    " This book has an intriguing topic though failed to keep me interested whatsoever, the plot developed all too slowly and all too miraculously fast in the closing. There's not much substance in the plot and drags on. I read this in high school for English class and despised having to read this, it was dreaded task. The ideas and subjects of the book would have been better suited for a short story in a textbook. "

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About the Author

Margaret Craven (1901–1980) was born in Montana, but her family moved to Bellingham, Washington, shortly after her birth. After finishing high school in Bellingham, Margaret went to Stanford University where she majored in history, avoiding English despite her interest and ability in writing. She wrote several novels, an autobiography, and a collection of stories.