People of the Whale (Paperback)
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335347, 320pp.
Publication Date: August 17, 2009
"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.
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Praise For People of the Whale: A Novel…
— 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.