" I give it three and a half stars. Kathryn Harrison is a great writer and I have read most of her novels and some of her non-fiction. She is very good at creating characters from various times throughout history. In this book her story is set in Alaska in the time right before WWI. The main character Bigelow comes north to track the weather for the U.S. government. While there he falls obsessively for a woman who does not speak who he calls the Aleut. Harrison's writing style was very spare in this book, which completely matches the setting and the isolation Bigelow feels every day. I liked how neither Bigelow, nor the reader, really knows much about the Aleut and how their relationship seems to be a little like a myth of a man who falls in love with a seal. "
— Sylvia, 1/28/2014