Legends of the North Cascades

by Jonathan Evison

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Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 

"Narrator Edoardo Ballerini's clear and evocative delivery of Evison's novel works splendidly." "Ballerini's performance is masterful." -AudioFile Magazine

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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Paperback

Number Of Pages 368

Publication Date 01/11/2022

ISBN 9781643752488

Dimensions 5.45 inches x 8.25 inches


“What a great storyteller [Evison] is . . . After exploring themes of what it is to be human, this tale has a very satisfying ending.”
San Diego Tribune

“Evison’s majestic and panoramic latest conjures the beauty, power, and unforgiving nature of the Cascade Mountains in alternating narratives separated by thousands of years. Evison masterfully delivers a subtle yet pointed commentary on how society marginalizes veterans and how we profess to admire yet distrust the individualist ethos while also offering a profound meditation on the human spirit.”
Booklist, starred review
 
“Only a writer of Evison’s talent could so brilliantly weave the struggles of a PTSD-stricken veteran and the ghosts of an ancient family into such a powerful social commentary. Wildly original and breathtakingly big-hearted.”
Willy Vlautin, author of Don’t Skip Out on Me
 
“Engaging . . . This modern back-to-the-land story feels like John Krakauer’s Into the Wild meets Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear, a combination that makes for a compelling read in its appreciation of the monumental properties of nature and recognition of the history of humans in the North Cascades.”
Library Journal

“Under the daunting and impassive mountains of the title, two dramas, one ancient and one contemporary, intertwine to become a greater story of parent and child attempting to survive in the harshest of circumstances. For me, the heart of this fine novel is Bella, a young heroine whose courage and steadfastness are a timely reminder of how human decency can prevail in the darkest of situations.”
Ron Rash, author of Serena and In the Valley

"Evison weaves the prehistoric past and the troubled present together with imagination and tenderness in this haunting, timely meditation on the redemptive power of love.”
Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound
 
“Jonathan Evison’s Legends of the North Cascades is a beautifully rendered and cinematic portrait of a place and its evolution through time; it is also—pure and simple—a story of survival and the love and devotion between parent and child.”
Jill McCorkle, author of Hieroglyphics
 
“Evison (Lawn Boy) delivers an intimate . . . story of grief and parenthood with characters from two distant millennia . . . Evison's empathetic vision offers much to consider about the limits of parental authority and the capacity for both physical and emotional survival.”
Publishers Weekly