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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (348 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Harrison Narrator: Fred Stella Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A stunning and hypnotic novel by "a writer of extraordinary gifts" [Tobias Wolff], The Seal Wife tells the story of a young scientist and his consuming love for a woman known as Aleut. In 1915, Bigelow is sent to establish a weather observatory in Anchorage, Alaska, and finds that nothing has prepared him for the loneliness of a railroad town of over two thousand men and only a handful of women, of winter nights twenty hours long. And nothing can protect him from obsession-both with a woman, who seems in her silence and mystery to possess the power to destroy his life forever, and with the weather kite he designs to fly higher than any kite has ever flown before, a kite with which Bigelow plans to penetrate and know not just the sky but the heavens. A novel of passions both dangerous and generative, The Seal Wife explores the nature of desire and its ability to propel an individual beyond himself and outside conventions. Harrison brilliantly re-creates the Alaskan frontier during the period of the first World War and in lyrical prose explores the interior landscape of the psyche and human emotions - a landscape eerily continuous with the splendor and terror of the frozen frontier, the storms that blow over the earth and its face. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine Griffin | 2/16/2014

    " Loved the mesmerizing prose. The story was captivating, and the historical detail fascinating. A bit too much emphasis on the protagonist's sex life...... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amber | 2/13/2014

    " Ick. If you ever consider checking this book out, don't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alana | 2/2/2014

    " Strange, but beautifully written. I was more in love with the sentences than the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Les. | 2/2/2014

    " Desolate - but in a comfortable kinda way. "

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