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The Wind Is Not a River


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Brian Payton has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of two acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction and the novel, Hail Mary Corner. He lives in Vancouver.


"Exquisite....[Payton] gives us images that are bright and crisp... [and] can write the heck out of Alaska and war..."--Chicago Tribune
"A haunting love story wrapped in an engaging and unsettling history lesson...Along the way, readers will learn not just about a fascinating and largely forgotten slice of American history, but what it felt like to live through it."--USA Today
"Powerful... thoughtfully conceived...The pages of this book practically turn themselves... By turns greathearted and grim, "The Wind Is Not a River" probes the reasons for, and the consequences of, the human practice of war...this story may haunt you long after you've put the book down."--Seattle Times
"Payton crafts a beautiful, heart-inspiring and heart-wrenching tale of love, forgiveness, loneliness, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of faith in God and family. These are not the stories we heard from our parents, but they are believable nonetheless."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Set against a meticulously described Alaskan setting, each harrowing or quietly painful minute is portrayed in realistic detail...The book arcs poetically across the distance between Helen and John, drawing out the separation that they (and the reader) can hardly bear."--BookPage
"Payton, in the loveliest of prose, illuminates a little-known aspect of WWII while portraying a devoted couple who bravely face down the isolation, pain, and sacrifice of wartime."--Booklist
"This moving and powerfully written novel explores themes of war, life and death, morality, and love in a unique World War II battleground that very few people outside Alaska know about or remember...Payton...has written a suspenseful, beautifully researched title that readers will want to devour in one sitting."--Library Journal (starred review)
"What a great-hearted, beautifully written, and utterly riveting novel. It has a power that brings to mind the old Greek stories of war, love, and journey."--Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena and Nothing Gold Can Stay
"Beautifully written, lyrical and elegiac, The Wind Is Not A River is a novel you must read...John Easley's struggle to survive and his wife Helen's struggle to find him form the most triumphant and heartbreaking love story I've read in years."--David Vann, author of Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island
"Not since Cold Mountain have I read such a brilliantly sustained metaphor for our collective guilt and grief, nor such a stirring testament to the redemptive power of love. We need this novel now."--Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day
"...Payton seamlessly blends fact and fiction to tell the story of a lesser-known subject - the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands during World War - that's equally as meditative and just as informed as his nonfiction..."--The Oregonian (Portland)

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