Heartbroke Bay

( 12 )

Overview

A powerful literary debut inspired by a true story.

In 1898, Alaska is an untamed wilderness with an unforgiving climate. At the tail end of a world-wide depression, thousands of destitute people are drawn north by rumors of easy wealth coming out of the remote claims of the Gold Rush. Many of the pilgrims are unprepared for the hardships that await them and find nothing but a desolate landscape already pillaged of its riches by those who came ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (54) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $1.99   
  • Used (44) from $1.99   
Heartbroke Bay

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$12.99
BN.com price

Overview

A powerful literary debut inspired by a true story.

In 1898, Alaska is an untamed wilderness with an unforgiving climate. At the tail end of a world-wide depression, thousands of destitute people are drawn north by rumors of easy wealth coming out of the remote claims of the Gold Rush. Many of the pilgrims are unprepared for the hardships that await them and find nothing but a desolate landscape already pillaged of its riches by those who came before.

Hannah Nelson, a beautiful young Englishwoman, is one of the late arrivals. After following her husband to a glacier-wracked fjord in the company of three equally desperate men, she discovers that gold is only one of the desires that can consume a person's soul...

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous D'Urso's bleak and promising debut is based on a true incident first covered by Jack London in 1906. August 1898 finds 23-year old Hannah Butler accompanying her stuffy British employer on holiday in the American West. Bored stiff, Hannah soon elopes with Hans Nelson, and the two head to Alaska in search of quick riches. En route, they partner with ex-Confederate soldier Harky, eccentric prospector/guide Dutch, and boat captain Michael Severts. They all end up in remote Lituya Bay, in southeast Alaska, where they establish a camp and catch a gold fever that runs nearly as hot as Hannah's clandestine lust for Michael. But misfortune hits: Michael loses his boat to an iceberg, and as the bitter Alaskan winter bears down, the group's dire circumstances worsen, culminating in a bloody rampage. The prospectors' amazing tale of survival proves to be an unsettling portrait of human greed, deceit, and betrayal, ably captured by D'Urso's lean, direct prose. (Nov.)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425236802
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn D'Urso lives and works in Juneau, Alaska.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 12 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(6)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 12 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Exactly what the title says

    I bought this book because of my interest in Alaska...found it a very good and engaging story until the end..which was difficult for me but still well written and based on fact.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    my kind of book,

    a good read, looking forward to more from this author

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    a good read

    this was a good read. I've just returned from Alaska so it was nice to read something about the goldrush after seeing so much gold-rush history while there.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Realistically Disturbing

    I most likely would not have read this book if it was not suggested for our book group. The book contained some interesting facts about the Alaskan gold rush in the late 1800's. For anyone travling to Alaska, it would be an interesting read. The story itself is depressing and cold, not unlike the gold rush era. I could definately feel the misery of trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. I found it hard to relate to any of the characters, because "Heartbroke Bay" is a story of greed, lust and stupidity. Travelers blinded by the quest for gold, who lose sight of what is important. I am glad that I read the book, and even more impressed that this story was a "work of fiction, based on an actual event".

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Powerful

    Purchased as a gift. Looking forward to borrowing it back.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Cumbersome and depressing, but last 100 pages are riveting

    The beginning of the book was engaging, and I was prepared for a tale of adventure and romance. After about 50 pages, though, the tale got bogged down in extensive detailed descriptions of the journey north, complete with unfamiliar sailing and boating terminology. The romance subplot was disappointingly superficial and poorly developed. It was difficult to have sympathy for any of the characters in this odd tale. Although the author poured on the suspense in the last 100 pages, the resolution was terribly depressing and left some loose ends and unanswered questions, even with the afterword provided. There was an interesting spiritual aspect that the author seemed to flirt with but never develop, especially with the introduction of the shaman late in the book- another disappointment.

    Overall, folks who enjoy the adventure side and are "sea-knowledgeable" might enjoy this book, but I would probably not read another novel by this author.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Could have ended better.

    I liked the characters, but the ending felt rushed and unfinished.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Could not finish it

    I really, really wanted to like this book. The premise of the story is good. The writing seemed rushed and yet the story progressed fitfully, sometimes too slow and sometimes in chunks. In the end, I had to give it up and move on.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 7, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Lynn D'Urso takes readers on a journey to a rugged and dangerous area in pre-gold rush Alaska with characters that are charming, rugged and naïve, driven by gold fever. The story moves the reader through a year wrapped in the harsh reality of the Alaska wilderness and creates images of a land so beautiful that the view can take your breath away as easily as the freezing temperatures. D'Urso's story is told with such historic and geographic detail that it is clear he has first hand experience of the terrain and passion for the land and his characters. Heartbroke Bay is a story of adventure, resiliency, love, greed and passion that can leave you asking yourself what truly motivates us? It is a great fiction story that leaves you actually knowing a little bit more about the wonders and history of Alaska.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Bridget's Review

    Heartbroke Bay is a heart-wrenching story of determination. Lynn blew my mind with this book and as I kept reading it, I couldn't help be be touched, especially knowing that this book was inspired by a true story. This book gets 4 1/2 stars, easy.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 12 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)