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Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven on Earth Paperback – October 2, 2017
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"There is such tragic irony here. The very things that Japanese tourist Tomomi Hanamure is so deeply passionate about--the wild, stark, beautiful American West and Native American culture--are what leads to her violent death. Around this single horrific event Annette McGivney has masterfully woven three separate, highly personal narratives."
-- S. C. Gwynne, Author of Empire of the Summer Moon, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
"McGivney intuitively grounds her narrative while exploring humanity's roots of culture and origins of character, like the light of the sun awakening each intricate layer of earth in the deepest of canyons. She is a storyteller of the highest caliber, with a style reminiscent of Jon Krakauer's journalistic skill and unmistakable purpose."
-- Carine McCandless, author of The Wild Truth, the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Into the Wild
"Annette McGivney has gathered three disparate narratives and braided them into a bewitching tapestry of darkness and light, pain and atonement, along with the unexpected gifts that can sometimes accompany profoundly devastating loss."
-- Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
"Pure Land reads like Into the Wild, but with a female protagonist, and by an author who is even more fearless than Krakauer in her quest to understand her past, her motivations, and her desire to make sense of a brutal, possibly unavoidable murder."
--Tracy Ross, author of The Source of All Things, a Memoir
"With unflinching courage, Annette McGivney investigates the deep shadows of tragic, cyclical abuse. But Pure Land is a healing journey. McGivney's
open-hearted compassion imbues dignity on even the most troubled of our species." -- Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake and Red Ant House
"In Pure Land, just as the Colorado formed the Grand Canyon, Annette McGivney shows how landscape and the circumstances of geography, politics and history formed the lives of Randy Wescogame and Tomomi Hanamure as well as her own. With such incredible compassion, deep insight, and crafted language, McGivney shapes their stories as richly as the landscape
has shaped their lives." -- Nicole Walker, author of Egg
"McGivney does a masterful job weaving three life stories together making Pure Land a compelling saga that underscores the inestimable value of nurture and nature in shaping lives--for good and bad--and in the end, the incredible healing power of family love and wilderness." -- Thomas Myers, author of Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
From the Author
When I took an assignment covering a murder in Grand Canyon, I thought it would be challenging but nothing I couldn't handle after dozens of previous assignments for Backpacker magazine. I was wrong. The assignment pulled me down a frightening tunnel where I not only explored the reasons behind the murder of a hiker but also unexpectedly stumbled upon the darkest secrets I had been keeping from myself most of my life. What was supposed to be a few months of reporting turned into a decade-long quest. I came out on the other end completely transformed, humbled and a more content and joyful person. Pure Land is my story of this journey. I am sharing my experience in the hope that it will help others who have been impacted by family violence.
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And if you want take the trek into the bright Garden of Eden canyon of Havasupai, to see the otherworldly falls, know before you go. Don't go in ignorant. Learn about its centuries long dark history, and its present day dark reality. And if you catch a glimpse behind the (tourist) curtain of its truth, aim to understand and don't judge. Have the deepest and utmost respect. And be safe. Annette McGivney
So much hurt, anger and profound love. I learned much. I only want to know one thing; what happened to Michael and did the author try to contact him for this book.