Harper Academic

Two Old Women, 20th Anniversary Edition

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

by Velma Wallis

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $14.99

Two Old Women, 20th Anniversary Edition

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

by Velma Wallis

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Format:

Price: $14.99

About the Book

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).

Critical Praise

Two Old Women speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom.” - Ursula K. Le Guin

“A beautiful and moving book. Velma Wallis’s writing is as lean and muscular, as full of unexpected bounties, as the far north, and readers are sure to be delighted with Two Old Women.” - Washington Post

“Full of adventure, suspense, and obstacles overcome—an octogenarian version of ‘Thelma and Louise’ triumphant.” - Kirkus Reviews

“No one should miss this beautiful legend.” - Tony Hillerman

“Velma Wallis has given us a gift to cherish.” - Alaska

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062244987
  • ISBN 10: 0062244981
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 11/05/2013
  • Trimsize: 5.000 in (w) x 7.125 in (h) x 0.400 in (d)
  • Pages: 160
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Native American
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies