And She Was: A Novel (Paperback)

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Brandy, an unlikely heroine, runs away to Unalaska Island, unaware of the trouble dhistory that surrounds many of the island's female residents. The story is part Brandy's 1980s Alaska and part centuries-old history of the women of the Aleutian Islands and part mystery. Well written and engaging.

— Sylla


Sweeping across centuries and into the Aleutian Islands of Alaska's Bering Sea, And She Was begins with a decision and a broken taboo when three starving Aleut mothers decide to take their fate into their own hands. Two hundred and fifty years later, by the time Brandy, a floundering, trashy, Latin-spewing cocktail waitress, steps ashore in the 1980s, Unalaska Island has absorbed their dark secret—a secret that is both salvation and shame.

In a tense interplay between past and present, And She Was explores Aleut history, mummies, conquest, survival, and the seamy side of the 1980s in a fishing boomtown at the edge of the world, where a lost woman struggles to understand the gray shades between heroism and evil, and between freedom and bondage.

About the Author

The author of eight books for young adults, Cindy Dyson grew up in Alaska. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Backpacker, First for Women, Women's World, and other publications. She now lives near Glacier Park, Montana.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060597719
ISBN-10: 0060597712
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2007
Pages: 304
Language: English