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Raven Stole the Moon: A Novel Paperback – March 9, 2010
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On the surface, Jenna Rosen has it all: a husband who loves her, a comfortable life in Seattle, and good looks. But Jenna is troubled; it shows in her excessive drinking, Valium addiction, depression and the increasing discord in her marriage. But her problems can all be traced back to the loss of her son Bobby, who drowned during a family vacation in Alaska two years ago. Jenna blames herself for Bobby's death and cannot get past it. Yet her husband Robert seems to have been able to put the past to rest. One night at a party, Jenna gets in Robert's car and keeps on driving. Her trip leads her to Bellingham, WA, where she impulsively boards the ferry that will take her to Wrangell, Alaska--a small town where her Native American grandmother lived and close to the Thunder Bay Resort where Bobby died.
Once in Wrangell, things happen that lead her to believe that something is calling her to discover the truth about Bobby's death. Her grandmother's Tlingit ancestry begins to manifest itself in strange and frightening ways. As Jenna begins to explore the Tlingit legends of the kushtaka, she begins to believe that Bobby's death was no accident. Determined to find the truth, Jenna embarks on a quest to discover what really happened at Thunder Bay. The result is a terrifying but liberating journey into the heart of the Alaska wilderness and the ancient legends of the Tlingits.
Contrary to what you might think, this isn't a new book by Garth Stein, author of the best-selling Art of Racing in the Rain (which is on my TBR list for later this year). Rather, this is a rerelease of his first novel, which was published in 1998. (Note to authors: If your first book is not very successful, keep on trying.Read more ›
Stein does create a very richly-detailed heroine in Jenna Rosen. She is a fully formed and vividly painted character, with whom you come to empathize greatly. Stein could have turned her husband into a complete charicature, but portrays him fairly, too, as a flawed but real human being also dealing with a tragedy. Most other characters are just there to fill their predestined, precast, role. It is a shame that a book so imaginative & w a lead character so well painted actually becomes somewhat predictable, with other players wearing clear white or black hats, & the action somewhat predictable.
Still, on balance, I am glad I read it. Not all will be: I fully understand the 1 star reviews. I initially bought this for my wife, as she read & loved Racing before I did, but she didn't get to it, so I read it before her. She doesn't care for supernatural fiction, so I now think she'd hate it. it is a matter of taste: if this sort of thing is your cup of tea, come along for the ride & you won't be disappointed. If it is not, wait for Stein's upcoming novel, which looks like Racing II.
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This book was just ok in my opinion. Raven is the God of the Tlingit Indian tribe, and it required me to stretch my imagination quite a bit to see the story as real. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Brenda C. Bender
"Raven Stole the Moon" wasn't the worse book I've ever tried to read but it was pretty close. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Bunny
The book has a very strange story to tell and was a little convoluted. I used Audible to listen to the book, so now my complaint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark
a very different book, plot & didn't expect it. Not at all like Racing in the Rain but not a bad book just wasn't my cup of story line....Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most ridiculous novels I have ever read. I would never think of passing this book on to a friend. It's going strait to Goodwill.Published 5 months ago by Susan Harbour