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Leaving Resurrection is one woman's love poem to the Alaskan places and people that have taken possession of her soul. Eva Saulitis writes with great honesty about her vulnerability and fears, about her excitement and discoveries, and about her passionate love for the wild. She inspires us with her boldness, she invites us to eagerly accept challenges, she opens us to the willing embrace of adventure, and she takes us into the hidden glories of Alaska as few other writers have done.
These gentle, richly perceptive, beautifully rendered stories take readers straight to the heart of Alaska. And like all fine writing, it leaves you aching for more. Eva Saulitis writes deeply from the spirit of Margaret Murie, and she shows us that the soul of wildness is still very much alive in the north country.
The wild country of Alaska has always attracted women of extraordinary strength and character, women with a keen eye for the land's beauty and a heart strong enough for its challenges, women equal to the measure of the Alaskan land itself. Eva Saulitis and Leaving Resurrection are wonderful reminders that the tradition lives on. Margaret Murie would be proud.
How can I shout this loudly enough? Alaska urgently needs the passion, the commitment, the beauty, the conscience that is so powerfully embodied by Eva Saulitis in Leaving Resurrection.
The Burden of the Beach 1
Walking on Carlson Lake with Bill 10
Somewhere Down That Crazy River 21
To the Reader Who, From the Eternal Present, Asks About the Oil Spill 39
Looking for Gubbio 48
Six Hundred and Fifty Pieces of Glass 62
Ghosts of the Island 75
Crossing the Entrance 87
One-Hundred-Hour Maintenance 102
Leaving Resurrection 125
Wondering Where the Whales Are 140
And Suddenly, Nothing Happened 154
Seven Januaries 170
Epilogue: Letters to Mike 180
Notes and Credits 203