Inukshuk (Paperback)

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Description


The gripping tale of a young man's obsession with an Arctic explorer’s doomed quest to find the Northwest Passage

About the Author


Gregory Spatz is the author of the short fiction collection Wonderful Tricks and the novels Fiddler’s Dream, No One But Us, and Inukshuk. He has also written for the Oxford American and his short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Epoch, Glimmer Train, Shenandoah, Iowa Review, Santa Monica Review and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recipient of a Washington State Book Award, he teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and plays the fiddle and tours with Mighty Squirrel and in the Juno-nominated bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds.

Praise for Inukshuk…


“An elaborate tale of family and the paths people take to understanding.” —Seattle Times

Inukshuk better communicates darkness and distress than any S.O.S. signal. . . . We can’t help but oscillate between feeling empathy and agony for this family as we are absorbed by Spatz’s cold, gripping tale.” —ZYZZYVA

“A mesmerizing story of a father and a son.” —Largehearted Boy

“Hauntingly honest and emotionally resonant.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Intimate and meditative . . . A thoughtful and sympathetic look at the sometimes troubled relationship between fathers and sons.” —Booklist

“Entertaining and much recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“Gregory Spatz’s prose is as clean and sparkling as a new fall of snow.” —JANET FITCH, author of White Oleander and Paint it Black

“At its heart Inukshuk is about family. But Spatz has transfigured this beautifully told, wise story with history and myth, poetry and magic into something rarer, stranger and altogether amazing. A book that points unerringly true north.” —KAREN JOY FOWLER, author of The Jane Austen Book Club and Wit’s End

Inukshuk is a feat of empathy and honesty, a taut tale of fear and resentment and other threats from within, meticulously observed and fearlessly rendered in vivid, authoritative, gripping prose. It’s a virtuoso performance.” —DOUG DORST, author of Alive in Necropolis and The Surf Guru

“One of the most innovative and unusual fictional incarnations I’ve ever read of the persistent allure of Sir John Franklin’s final, fatal Arctic voyage. It’s a remarkable accomplishment.” —RUSSELL POTTER, author of Arctic Spectacles

Product Details ISBN-10: 1934137421
ISBN-13: 9781934137420
Published: Bellevue Literary Press, 06/01/2012
Pages: 192
Language: English