In this haunting debut, Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller. When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alaskan town where her young son drowned, she discovers that the truth about her son's death is shrouded in legend and buried in a terrifying wrinkle between life and death.
When Jenna Rosen abandons her comfortable Seattle life to return to Wrangell, Alaska, it's a wrenching return to her past. Long ago the home of her Native American grandmother, Wrangell is located near the Thunder Bay resort, where Jenna's young son, Bobby, disappeared two years before. His body was never recovered, and Jenna is determined to lay to rest the aching mysterey of his death. But the spectacular town provides little comfort beyond the steady and tender affections of Eddie, a local fisherman. And then whispers of ancient legends begin to suggest a frightening new possibility about Bobby's fate. Soon, Jenna must sift thourgh the beliefs of her ancestors, the Tlingit who still tell of powerful, menacing forces at work in the Alaskan wilderness.
There beliefs are shared by Dr. David Livingstone, a practicing shaman who had been hired to "cleanse" Thunder Bay of its resless spirits. The experience alsmost cost him his life, and he warns Jenna about the danger of disturbing the legendary kushtaka soul-stealing predators that stalk a netherworld between land and sea, the living and the dead. But Jenna is desperate for answers, and she appeals to both Livingstone and Eddie to help her sort fact from myth, and face the unthinkable possibilities head-on. Armed with nothing but a mother's ferociousprotective instincts, Jenna's quest for the truth about her son and the strength of her beliefs is about to pull her into a terrifying and life-changing abyss...
Coloring powerful legend with universal emotions, Garth Stein masterfully evokes our most primal dreams and fears. Remarkably vivid and relentlessly suspensful, "Raven Stole the Moon" marks the arrival of a stunningly imaginative new talent.
"Deeply moving, superbly crafted and highly unconventional."--Washington Times
"A treat."--Denver Post
"Just as winning as Racing."--Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News
"An unpredictable and absorbing debut... Stein intriguingly blurs the line between legend and conventional reality.... A moving tale."--Publishers Weekly