'This is an absolutely gripping tale actually a skillful braiding of tales.
I was moved by the characters and their fates as I have not been by a novel in a long time. The telling is masterful, the authenticity palpable, and the writing its pace, color, tone - is exquisite. A remarkable work...a joy, a big broad deep river of a book, a work of substance and great beauty of both vision and style.'
Source ~Alaska Press Women Contest judge Richard Hoffman, award-winning author of Half the House
'Lesley Thomas has done what would seem to be the impossible -- taken us deep inside the Inupiat world, in the voice and mind of an extraordinary young woman with still more extraordinary powers. I know of no book like this. 'Smilla's Sense of Snow' is a distant second. But two movies come to mind: 'Fast Runner', and 'Dersu Uzala'. If you love either of these movies, you'll be stunned by the depth and scope of this novel and the unique and unmistakably true voice of its heroine. And if you've never seen them, read 'Flight of the Goose' first!'
Source ~ Lesley Hazleton, award-winning journalist and author of Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen
'The story took my breath away...I wept my way through it, identifying
profoundly with both protagonists. The author has a fine grasp of the
complexity of human relations and culture in such a village...She also
writes beautifully. I was caught up from the first page...A remarkable book altogether'.
Source ~Jean Briggs, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology.
"Unforgettable…Rings as true as bell metal. Thomas has my admiration." -- Eugene Garber, award-winning author of Metaphysical Tales
"Vibrant and genuine...A breathtaking landscape, poignant love story and unforgettable characters delivered with keen insight into human nature... --
Saint Andrew's Literary Journal
"A moving and extremely well-written story. (As well as) shamanic themes...the story addresses many other significant issues - among them, climate change, environmental crisis, and indigenous rights."
-- Shaman's Drum Journal
"Compelling...extraordinary...written with poignant and often amazing insight into Inuit culture. (Thomas) deals with the shamanism and sorcery in a very realistic way"...
--Sacred Hoop Magazine
"(An) exquisite example of storytelling...(with) critical aspects of Alaska Native life...will warm your heart and the hearts of those with whom you share the stories."
--First Alaskans: a statewide magazine of Native business and culture
"One of the best novels of Alaska I have read. With the author's unerring knowledge of anthropology and social and environmental issues, it could fit any Alaskan village."
--Dr. Dorothy Jean Ray, author of "A Legacy of Arctic Art"
"Puts a human face on the much debated issue of oil drilling in Alaska's wilderness. Complex, thought provoking and moving...Should be required reading for Congress."
--Heather Lende, "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name"
From the Publisher
Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North
is first place winner
in the 2006 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contestfirst place winner
in the 2006 Alaska Press Women Communications Contestfirst place winner
in the 2005 Washington Press Association Communicator of Excellence Contest.
It is listed as a publication of note in Cultural Survival Quarterly and Shaman's Drum Journal.