People of the Whale (Paperback)

A Novel

By Linda Hogan

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335347, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 17, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/17/2008)
Compact Disc (8/11/2008)
Audio Cassette (8/1/2008)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (4/1/2009)
Compact Disc (8/11/2008)

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"Deeply ecological, original, and spellbinding." —Booklist, starred review

Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.

About the Author

Linda Hogan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Mean Spirit. Her other honors include an American Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

Praise For People of the Whale: A Novel

With her unparalleled gifts for truth and magic, Linda Hogan reinforces my faith in reading, writing, living.
— Barbara Kingsolver

Hauntingly wise, beautifully written, and fiercely tender, People of the Whale goes between realms of animal and human, between Native and non-Native, between the radiant world as it once was and still might become. This book is a bridge, a revelation, an open heart.

— Brenda Peterson, author of Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals

People of the Whale is pure magic—and pure truth. It's as perfect as a smooth stone.

— Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig

Powerful…Hogan employs just the right touch of spiritualism in this engrossing tale.

Dream-like…While filled with heartbreaking events, the novel has a life-affirming spirit that makes the journey worthwhile.