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People of the Whale: A Novel
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"With her unparalleled gifts for truth and magic, Linda Hogan reinforces my faith in reading, writing, living." —Barbara Kingsolver


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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Linda Hogan. (2010). People of the Whale: A Novel. W. W. Norton & Company.

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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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"With her unparalleled gifts for truth and magic, Linda Hogan reinforces my faith in reading, writing, living." —Barbara Kingsolver

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      • content: Dream-like. . . . While filled with heartbreaking events, the novel has a life-affirming spirit that makes the journey worthwhile.
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      • content: Powerful. . . . Hogan employs just the right touch of spiritualism in this engrossing tale.
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        June 16, 2008
        In telling a story of the fictional A'atsika, a Native people of the American West Coast who find their mythical origins in the whale and the octopus, Hogan (Mean Spirit
        ) employs just the right touch of spiritualism in this engrossing tale. When Thomas Witka Just succumbs to peer pressure and joins the army, then is sent to Vietnam, Ruth Small is pregnant with his child. In an attempt to prevent an atrocity, Thomas kills fellow soldiers and deserts, ultimately blending into the Vietnamese culture and fathering a child, Lin, by Ma, a village girl. In the meantime, Ruth gives birth to their son, Marco Polo, who is said to have the same mystical whaling powers of Thomas's grandfather. Years later, following Thomas's return, Dwight, a ne'er-do-well friend of Thomas's, arranges for the tribe to kill a whale and to sell the meat to the Japanese, a plan that will draw in Marco Polo and set up a confrontation between the whole ensemble. Despite the plot's multiple strands, the story flows smoothly, and Hogan comes up with a powerful, romantic crescendo.

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        In her remarkable new novel, Hogan (a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "Mean Spirit") explores themes of love and loss among the A'atsika people of Washington State. The story centers on Thomas Just, who was missing in action in Vietnam for many years, and Ruth, the wife he left behind, a strong-willed fisherwoman and the conscience of her tribe. Thomas finally returns to the A'atsika as they prepare for a supposedly traditional whale hunt. But the hunt's results are disastrous, and Thomas is unable to reconnect with anyone, especially Ruth. The A'atsikas' loss of their traditional culture has unexpected parallels with Thomas's Vietnam experiences. Hogan's style is both dreamlike and realistic, with a nonlinear narrative that loops back on itself as more and more is revealed. While filled with heartbreaking events, the novel has a life-affirming spirit that makes the journey worthwhile. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, "LJ" 4/1/08.]Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis

        Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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