Action Adventure Kimberly Kafka True North

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True North

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For six years Bailey Lockhart has lived alone in the Alaskan bush, supporting herself from the cockpit of a floatplane. She is the only white woman in a land owned by the local Ingalik tribe; her closest neighbor is a fellow bush pilot and activist named Kash. Bailey and Kash are drawn to each other, but their fiercely independent natures keep them apart. When two Easterners hire Bailey to pilot them into the bush, a series of events is set in motion that will upset the delicate racial balance of the land and lead to violence. As the truth behind the couple's arrival becomes apparent, the refuge Bailey has created for herself shatters. Forced to face the demons of her unresolved past, she is given a chance to free herself at last from the secret that haunts her.  Marked by spare, resonant prose and imbued with an indelible sense of place, True North tells a powerful story of adventure and survival. It is a welcome debut by a gifted new voice in literary fiction.

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Kimberly Kafka, a direct descendant of Franz Kafka, is a certified wilderness emergency medical technician who has taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan, and has conducted writing workshops at Bennington College and the University of Southern Maine. True North is her first novel and she is currently at work on a second novel.

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Serious issues such as Native land rights and self-government, racism and environmentalism are among the topics Kafka tackles in her atmospheric, tightly wrought debut novel. Bailey Lockhart is a bush pilot in Alaska--"Places other people could not reach. She wanted that"--where she has lived on her own since she fled Maine five years earlier in the wake of tragedy. She is the only non-Native in the area, which is run by the Native American Ingalik tribe. The closest village to Bailey's camp is 80 miles down river. It is governed by Kash, "the Yukon's most eligible bachelor since his wife's death," who is also a Dartmouth-educated Ingalik activist and attracted to Bailey. Although she tries to disguise it, she too is drawn to Kash, but a secret in her past keeps her from letting anyone get too close. When Zach, a furniture builder, and Alpha, an elementary school teacher, come to Alaska from urban Maine on the pretext of a wilderness adventure (they are really searching for gold), they hire Bailey to pilot them into a remote area. The outsiders act as the catalyst for violence and emotional disclosure. The villagers' dislike of non-Natives who seem to threaten the indigenous way of life comes to a boil whena lecherous and violent drunk named Match expresses his aggressive resentment in increasingly dangerous ways. The suspense culminates in an action-packed extended scene featuring the hallmarks of prime time TV--a death by bear mauling, a surprise discovery and one romantic consummation. Kafka, an emergency wilderness medical technician, sometimes overwrites the drama, but she excels in integrating wilderness lore, descriptions of the natural landscape and insight into the harsh lives of people who brave the territory. (Mar.) FYI: The author is a direct descendant of Franz Kafka.
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