To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel

To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel

by Eowyn Ivey


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An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

One of the Best Books of 2016—Amazon
A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016
A Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
A Library Journal Top 10 Book of 2016
A BookPage Best Book of 2016

In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return—once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him.

The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives.

Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?

The truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives—and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they're gone—forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316242837
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 65,605
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Snow Child, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an international bestseller published in twenty-six languages. A former bookseller and newspaper reporter, Eowyn was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters.

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To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is superb. Not to be missed.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
For many years since the release of ‘The Snow Child’, I have been looking out for the next book by Eowyn Ivey. Time after time, I would check Amazon and Google, but alas nothing ever came up. Then one day, completely by chance, I came across the book ‘To the Bright Edge of the World’. Discovering the book caused me a dilemma, should I read it or not? You see I really loved ‘The Snow Child’, it has been number one on my all time favourite books for years, I thought ‘what if this book isn’t any good’, ‘what if I review it and have to give one of my favourite authors just one star’. Biting the bullet, I obtain a copy from Eowyn’s publisher and cautiously began. The story is like nothing I have ever read before. It jumps back and forth in time, not only between present day and 1885, but in terms of dates in 1885, you see this book is told from more than one person’s point of view, and the back and forth is what makes the story so realistic and enjoyable. Without the back and forth I can’t see how this book would work. We travel with Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester and his men, Lieutenant Pruitt and Sergeant Tillman, plus Nat’aaggi and Samuelson as they are given the task of mapping the unmapped territories of Alaska. Back home on the military base we live with his wife Sophie who, as Allen sets of on his epic journey is in the first trimester of pregnancy with their first child. Back in present day Walter Forrester, who is Allen and Sophie’s great nephew is corresponding with Joshua Sloan a curator at a museum in Alaska about his Aunt and Uncle’s letters and diaries, plus artefacts as he has no-one to pass them on to. There are quite a few character’s in the book, but I never once felt lost. Each character in the forefront or background had their own story to tell which brought added depth and interest into the book Lieutenant Forrester is an exceptionally brave man, he is fair, hardworking and resilient. Throughout his journey he comes across numerous things that he see’s with his own eyes, yet can’t believe they are real. From an old man that flies, to a baby being born from a tree. Eowyn has added plenty of Alaskan folklaw in her book, and I loved reading about the lives of the tribes that Allen meets along the way, and the tales that they have to tell. Sophie is quite a lady. For the time period she certainly didn’t act and behave like we are led to believe the women in the past did. Sophie is such a beautiful, strong young lady that has to deal with situations that could make or break someone weaker. She doesn’t want to be like all the other women, gossiping, lunching with one another. Sophie wants to be out in the world, enjoying herself, discovering and taking photo’s of places and wild animals, much to the disgust of some of the other wives. Once again Eowyn had me gripped to one of her books. The book is thrilling and mysterious, beautiful and sad. It brought me so much joy, yet at times was heart-breaking. It felt so realistic, from the way it has been written, it makes you really believe that you are reading real historic diaries, especially with the addition of photographs. Eowyn, you have done yourself and your readers proud, and I can’t wait for the next book from you, no matter how long it takes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can identify myself as an avid reader. This novel is beautiful and compelling. It is going right up to the top of my list as all time favorites. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating historical fiction based on reality about early explorers of Alaska. I really cared about these people and their lives.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Ivey gives a chilling account of the exploration of Alaska and the many hardships faced by the men who charted this vast expanse. The freezing temperatures and the unfriendly natives hinder the exploration of Alaska, but the men continue their journey. Allen Forrester and his wife, Sophie, record the adventure and the difficulties of this adventure. Ivey describes the event very well, but after a holiday season and the mushy Hallmark movies, this presented a food not palatable.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
Colonel Allen Forrester leaves his pregnant young wife Sophie to explore Alaska's Wolverine River. It is a wonderful commission as it will open Alaska up to the world. But he hates to leave his wife. It is a two part story as it tells everything the men encountered in 1885 plus a present day story as ancestors of the colonel find letters, journal entries, and artifacts being sent to a museum. It is a wonderful story and one I will remember for a very long time. Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for allowing me to read and review this book. I received and ARC of this book for an honest review.