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An Island Between Two Shores [Kindle Edition]

Graham Wilson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Discover a story that reveals how to risk everything to be true to yourself. Trapped on a desolate arctic island, Liana is pushed to the edge and must face her elemental fears. It is a haunting tale of the biting physical toil survival often requires. Graham Wilson simultaneously strips down the American adventure novel while broadening its concerns to encompass themes of compassion and belonging. It is a universal tale told with a simplicity and directness rarely seen today. An Island Between Two Shores is an unforgettable story of hope and possibility.

Editorial Reviews


" An Island Between Two Shores will stay with me a long time. In a profound way, I identified with this young woman, who just wanted to survive the cruel, indifferent wilderness that preys on both the strong and the weak."
Danielle Hill, "The Hope Chest Reviews," October 19, 2012
"This was a book that I could not put down. I managed to read it all in a few hours and love it! Liana is a splendid character and her voyage to get off the island and back to civilization kept me on the edge of my seat. She is the woman I hope I could manage to be if I was in the same situation."
Rita Reviews, October 1, 2012
"The story is so well told, by turns poetic and brutal, that it has huge emotional impact, gripping the reader from start to finish. I was very impressed at the depth of emotion that the author could lead me to feel for the central character in such a short, 148 page novel, and I know that I will not forget Liana and her struggle to survive whatever the cost for a long time.
I think the ending is one that you'll either love or hate. I found it surprising but clever and undoubtedly the only one that could really finish the story  to maintain the gritty realism it portrays from the very beginning.
star rating : 5/5"
Cheryl Pasquier, "Madhouse Family Reviews" September 14, 2012
"At just 148 pages long,  An Island Between Two Shores by Graham Wilson can be read in one sitting, in fact I think it really should be read like this as the story is compelling, often brutal but beautifully told."
Anne Cater, "Random Things Through My Letterbox" August 30, 2012

From the Author

"I have lived in the Yukon since 1986. I like to paddle, ski and climb and have explored much of the north. My writing is influenced by these adventures." Graham Wilson

Product Details

  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927691001
  • Publisher: Friday 501 Media Ltd.; 1 edition (July 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MC3EN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Murder In A Cold Land October 28, 2012
By Brian
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An Island Between Two Shores puts the reader in the ice of the arctic, where murder, isolation, justice and survival consume the story's main character. Liana is forced to confront the harshest of conditions under the worst of circumstances, the murder of someone close to her, and fight her way back to civilization.

The novel was compelling, fast and as Graham Wilson's first attempt at fiction (his previous works have been historical books) demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge of character and action.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping & Suspense Filled October 31, 2012
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Suspense filled and hard to put down. Graham Wilson is a masterful writer and skillfully draws the reader into the extreme isolation and desolation that the heroine endures. He understands the North with all its intensity. Thanks for the great read.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner July 18, 2012
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I couldn't put Graham Wilson's novel down. His heroine comes to life and the reader wants to follow her story, wants to keep her company! Her circumstances are intriguing, the land she passes through is unique, her struggle is human and her journey is gripping. The author conveys this journey with an alluring minimalism, allowing the reader to move quickly through her adventure without a dull moment. This book captures Northern themes while appealing to readers in any climate. This is a must read for anyone interested in adventure, history, geography, Northern themes, interesting women or any combination of the above. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't get you hopes up.... March 22, 2013
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I liked this book for the most part, and could forgive the repetitiveness, but the bending just plain sucked. I would have skipped the last chapter had I known what the author had in store.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it." - George Santayana, philosopher/poet

AN ISLAND BETWEEN TWO SHORES is a splendid short novel that can be devoured in a couple of hours.

Young Liana left Paris, France with her father, who wanted to seek their fortune in the Klondike gold rush. Now eighteen in the year 1900, Liana lives with Henry, an old Indian friend of her father's, in an isolated cabin after her father apparently died in a river drowning accident. It was considered too dangerous for the teenager to remain in the Yukon boom town of Dawson City.

One day while Liana is out hunting caribou, Henry is murdered by two men and the cabin burned. Liana runs to escape the killers and manages to make it to a canoe. Fleeing downriver towards Dawson City, she encounters rapids, wherein her boat is capsized and shattered. She manages to make it to the shore of a small, desolate island in the middle of the torrent.

On this fragment of land separated from two shores by swiftly flowing and frigid water, Liana must survive or die during the onset of winter. The girl has only the clothes on her back, a knife, and a fishhook with line. Her only constant and unwanted companion, a raven.

AN ISLAND BETWEEN TWO SHORES by Graham Wilson is a vivid, compelling story of wilderness survival that will have you twisting your hankie in suspense and worry for the heroine.

I suggest there's no middle ground with this novel; you'll finish either loving or hating it, and be left feeling either satisfied or cheated by the ending. To say on which side of the fence I landed would require explaining why, and that would involve a spoiler. Let it suffice to say that I'm awarding five stars for the story's originality and the cleverness of its telling.

To the author, I say "Bravo!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and impossible to put down August 27, 2014
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Immediately one is drawn into the life and death struggle of surviving in northern Alaska during the after days of the gold rush. Liana is a beautifully wrought and unforgettable character. The book bristles with mystery and terror in the midst of an unforgiving landscape. You will not want to put this book down till the very end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good until the last chapter May 14, 2014
By SDPeg
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this kept my interest for the most part...there were times when it was a bit confusing....and the ending seemed like the author didn't know how to finish the book and just threw this out there
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much gloom! May 8, 2014
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It had one of those endings which makes you want to throw it against a wall. (But don't do it if you read it on a tablet.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ending lacked substance
Logical thought escaped the character in stress, making much unrealistic. As a hunter and survivalist, poor thinking process given the character.
Published 10 months ago by Reviewed by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brisk, fierce, lasting.
Some books become part of you..... this is one of them! I will ponder this story for a long time. Excellant!
Published 13 months ago by hardworkingdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawlessly told
The novel is grim, but don't be put off; so was 'Grapes of Wrath'. And don't be put off by the readers who gave this story only one or two stars if you like a tightly written book... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pamela Bell
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I finished this book but ultimately wished I had not devoted so much time to it. I was unhappy with the ending and didn't feel there was any message from the story.
Published 15 months ago by A. Schmoll
5.0 out of 5 stars A struggle for survivial
The struggle for survival in a bleak and unforgiving world was very moving and left me thinking about this book long after I finished it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Fire Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
This book kept my interest even though the time the main character spent on the island was significantly drawn out. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Torn
There are really a lot of things to like about this book. Most importantly, the author makes you really root for the protagonist. You feel every cold, sleepless night. Read more
Published 21 months ago by George Angus
4.0 out of 5 stars An Island Between Two Shores
Incredibly absorbing fight for survival, from an unusual point of view of a young female in a hostile environment. Riveting to the last page.
Published 21 months ago by Jennifer H. Cardinal
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, Dark
This is a very depressing book. I kept reading, thinking there would be a turn in the plot and it would get better. It did not. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marsha Holley
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More About the Author

My fiction has been described as "economical and traditional." I try to define my characters through their actions rather than relying on elaborate descriptions or analysis of motivations. I like lots of surprises and feel that the primary role of the writer is to entertain. As a result I tell strong stories that are hopefully well paced and exciting.

I have written professionally for more than two decades. I started my career writing for newspapers, magazines and radio. I have also written dramas for TV and have authored nine books. I studied book publishing at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Stanford University and worked as a Book Publisher for twenty years.

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