In Memory of Hawks & Other Stories of Alaska

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Short Fiction. Irving Warner is a rare find. His stories are filled with the subtlety and power of the great American masters -- Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, John O'Hara, Irwin Shaw. He has the touch (Jack Olsen, author of THE BRIDGE AT CHAPPAQUIDDICK and NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLIES). Richard felt confident he was going to die. The fuzziness returned, and the voices dulled out to warbles again. Slowly he became much warmer, and the figures moved above him more rapidly. He watched them unitl a lightness took hold of him and lifted. Rather than be frightened, he enjoyed the rapid lifting sensation; above him Richard saw an intense blueness. He became incredibly warm and, knowing things would soon be over, closed his eyes and concentrated on the feeling that now took hold of him, kindly, but irrevocably. (In the Islands of the Four Mountains). Highly recommended for all libraries with strong literary collections (Library Journal).

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The beautiful but harsh Alaskan landscape permeates the 27 short stories and vignettes of Warner's somewhat mannered second collection (after In the Islands of Four Mountains). In "Weather," a pilot narrowly escapes being crushed to death when a fierce windstorm collapses a building at a remote air station. "Highway of the Moon" evokes one character's passionate, fatal search for a pure northern wilderness. The title story captures the anger of a middle-aged bird researcher who loses his job and takes revenge by smuggling hawks out of Alaska. Though Warner's dialogue and prose often betray a tin ear and a heavy tread, and the situations of his stories rely on eccentric details rather than solid characterization, the ambiance of his beloved wilderness is well conveyed. The history of Alaska seeps through the lines of these occasionally suspenseful tales, and Warner's interspersed, elliptical "Reports of Disappearances" add a note of mournful mystery. (Oct.) FYI: A veteran of the Alaska Fish and Game Department, Warner has also pursued a career as a competitive chess player.
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From Library Journal:

If one were to combine the creative genes of Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, the result might just be Warner (English, emeritus, Univ. of Alaska). In this intriguing collection of short stories, he masterfully captures the essence of wild Alaska. Disappearances and death move hand-in-hand across America's last frontier, a place equally noted for its eccentric characters and its scenic magnificence. In "A Journal from the Bay of Islands," a mysterious millionaire takes up residence in an abandoned cannery, with unexpected results. A migration to the far north in "Highway of the Moon" becomes a sobering retreat from life itself. The 16 stories, interspersed with brief commentaries that add vivid color to the whole, make evident a deep connection to the Alaskan experience. Highly recommended for all libraries with strong literary collections.AJanet N. Ross, Sparks Branch Lib., Washoe Cty. Lib. System, NV
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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