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"Riveting--Kusz's gifts as a writer, her original voice and sparkling perceptions, give this memoir the literary precision of a novel."--Los Angeles Times

When she was six years old, Natalie Kusz left Los Angeles with her family and headed north to Alaska on a classic quest for freedom, a house on the land, and a more wholesome way of living. Here is hery and survival in an unforgiving environment. "Riveting. . . ."--Los Angeles ...

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Overview

"Riveting--Kusz's gifts as a writer, her original voice and sparkling perceptions, give this memoir the literary precision of a novel."--Los Angeles Times

When she was six years old, Natalie Kusz left Los Angeles with her family and headed north to Alaska on a classic quest for freedom, a house on the land, and a more wholesome way of living. Here is hery and survival in an unforgiving environment. "Riveting. . . ."--Los Angeles Times. Serial rights to McCall's and Harper's.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1969, at the age of six, the author and her three siblings moved from Los Angeles to Alaska with their parents, who longed to live in the wilderness. Beset by poverty and hardship during the first winter, they were also victims of tragedy when a neighbor's sled dog attacked Kusz and tore away one side of her face, including an eye. She recounts the story of the years that followed, when she underwent reconstructive surgery, became a teenage mother and with her family struggled to eke out an existence in a harsh and difficult environment. They endured the long Alaskan winters in a trailer, built a house and determinedly remained together as a family. Eschewing sentimentality and self-pity, Kusz paints a moving portrait of herself and her funny and heroic family in this engrossing, poetically written memoir. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In 1969, when Kusz was six years old, she moved with her family from Los Angeles to Alaska, where they hoped to create an alternative homesteading lifestyle. So much for that idyll: within a year, Kusz was attacked by a neighbor's sled-dog, who tore away one side of her face, causing, among other injuries, the loss of an eye. Kusz was not expected to survive, but did; she underwent years of grueling surgery and recovery. Kusz not only survived but prevailed: she is a writer of exquisite grace and compelling voice. Only 27, Kusz has already been given a 1989 Whiting Writers Award and the 1990 General Electric Younger Writers Award for her work. This beautifully written memoir is a testament to the importance of family, honesty, courage, and hope. Very highly recommended.-- Anne Washburn, Smith, Helms, Mulliss & Moore Lib., Greensboro, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374528270
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 688,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    Inspiring read

    Author writes about the 'remote Alaska' experience of her early years. Conveys very clearly that it is the simple things in life that can give much pleasure. She involves the reader is her struggle to overcome a childhood injury. Very satisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2001

    great

    Such a wonderful book--a must read for anyone--A wonderful story of love and devotion from all family members. I still want to know what happened to her Father???She went thru so much pain and still kept her chin up..Such a stong person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    haunting..beautifully written

    My father gave this book to me 6 years ago and and I reread it every few months. The true story of author's childhood is told in a bluntly honest and often painful way. This is a book that all writers interested in writing creative non-fiction need to study carefully. Kusz has mastered the craft. She takes us from California to Alaska with her family in 1969. We are enchanted by her family and the difficult path her parents chose to take in the effort to give their children something more. Even after loss and struggle, when you want to fault her parents for the choices they made, you cannot. Kusz understands them and helps bring you in. Kusz stays away from describing the harsh landscape of Alaska, but the harshness of the land is illustrated when she tells of the family. This book is my favorite memoir to date.

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