Jimmy Bluefeather

Jimmy Bluefeather

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old (he lost count awhile ago) and in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. He also thinks he thinks too much. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native (with some Filipino and Portuguese thrown in), he s the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together (with a few friends and a crazy but likeable dog named Steve) they embark on a great canoe journey. Suddenly all of Old Keb s senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides and storms. Nobody can find him. He and the others paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation."-- provided by publisher.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Alaska Northwest Books, an imprint of Graphic Arts Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781941821688
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 19, 2016

This is a wonderful book; the characters are complex and interesting and compel you into the story.

Apr 28, 2016

It took awhile to "get into" this book; then my interest held and the book flowed. Half way through I was in admiration of the information about native Alaskans, canoe carving and the poetry Heacox snuck in. I am really amazed at how much of the Tlingit language is included. Through all that, it held a great plot and character development.

An old man who's dying and doesn't care, a young man who's hurt and can't see past it, and a beautiful girl who doesn't plan to stick around forever all set out in a hand-carved canoe much to the consternation of the U.S. Government and frenzy of the press. Find out what happens when old modes of transportation and thoughts about living and dying meet the modern sound of Alaska. Recommended by Jeffrey

Feb 06, 2016

This is a most beautiful book. Set in Alaska in Tlingit territory, it's lyrical, down-to-earth, wondrous, sad, life-affirming -- and a story that is hard to put down.

Dec 01, 2015

I loved this story.. At first I almost passed up on this but as I got into it I found it to be so inspiring. It shows there is much more to life than just breathing. There is friends and strong beliefs and tridations. Helping people that need help. Being there for others. My only complaint is the repitation of the names of all the people involved.. Anyway I would read it again. amazing stoy of amazing people.

Jul 20, 2015

I read an ARC of this for Library Journal and loved it. The premise, on the surface, seems like it will play out predictably. I was thrilled to find that although many key plot points were what I guessed, the road between them surprised and delighted me, and the hero's internal life is rich and complex and funny and moving and sincerely wise. Read it!


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