Steal the North: A Novel

Steal the North: A Novel

by Heather Brittain Bergstrom

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ISBN-13: 9780670786183
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Heather Brittain Bergstrom has won fiction awards from The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, Narrative Magazine, and others, and a story was named a distinguished and notable story for The Best American Short Stories in 2010. Her short fiction has been published in several literary journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in creative writing. She is from eastern Washington and now resides in northern California.

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“A heartrending exploration of longing, loyalty and love. With palpable sympathy, Bergstrom captures the rugged and desolate atmosphere of eastern Washington and the distinctive people who call that place home.” 
Christina Schwarz, bestselling author of Drowning Ruth and The Edge of the Earth

“Heather Brittain Bergstorm’s debut Steal the North is one of those rare novels that has everything. It’s about family, the ties that bind us no matter how hard we sometimes try to escape. It’s about love: between mothers and daughters, between sisters, between men and women—most memorably between a young Native American man and a white Californian girl, a Romeo and Juliet story on an eastern Washington reservation. Most of all, it has a rich sense of place, of how we find our homes in the soil, in our roots, in the places we’ve left and in other people. This is a resonant, powerfully moving novel.”
Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

“A shimmering debut about the ties that bind, and the bonds that save us, especially when we least expect it. Shattering, romantic, and deeply profound, (and how many books can claim such adjectives?) Bergstrom’s novel lays a dazzlingly original claim to the unpredictable landscape of the human heart.”
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
 
“In Steal The North, Heather Brittain Bergstrom has written the kind of debut novel one longs to read—full of crooked fates, hopeful hearts, and the bitten courage it takes to thrive—a tale, ultimately, of redemption.”
Carol Edgarian, New York Times bestselling author of Three Stages of Amazement

“A sweeping debut novel of love and faith, tragedy and redemption, and above all, the meaning of home.  Bergstrom has captured the spirit of the American west as well as the complicated ties between mothers and daughters, between sisters, and especially the all-consuming bond of first love.  Unforgettable.”
Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

“Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s visceral first novel, a story of love too powerful to die, haunts me.  Steal the North stole my heart.”
Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen Women
 
Steal the North is out to steal our hearts.   An intimate look at the struggles of love and hard choices: whether to run away or face life full on.  Bergstrom allows us to see both sides of big choices—following one’s heritage, religion, family, true love, or breaking away to find one’s own path.” 
Sarah Willis, author of Some Things That Stay
 
“Nothing short of magical. A chorus of beguiling voices gifts us both a swoon-worthy story of first love, and a smart, addictive family drama. Bergstrom’s considerable talent is evident in every page, every line.”
Samuel Park, author of This Burns My Heart
 
“In Steal the North, Heather Brittain Bergstrom has created a richly detailed, emotionally intricate love story set in the windswept scablands of Eastern Washington. Steeped in the myth of the land and the lore of family, and exploring questions of love and faith, this novel is sexy, raw, and heartbreaking.”
Keija Parssinen, author of The Ruins of Us

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Steal the North: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this novel. I finished it in one night. Captures your heart from the start. A novel you never want to end and characters that stay with you long after you are finshed reading it. I am buying a copy for my friend who loves to discuss novels as much as I do. This type of friend and this type of novel are few and far between.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A heavy book that hits a lot of big subjects that can impact a teen's life.  Emmy is the main character and she is sent to an aunt's house that she never even knew existed to spend a summer where her mother and aunt grew up surrounded by the life that her mother escaped.  She must learn about the past and decide what path she wants for herself. Told through almost every character's perspective, I enjoyed getting each of their point of views.  They each were able to share their side of the story while at the same time moving the story along.  With all of the basic teen angst subjects, there was an addition due to the location - the tension with American Indians and "white people."  I have not read a book that addressed this still current topic, so I enjoyed reading a fiction story that talks about a different race that is still feeling like a underclass minority.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!! My favorite books are those written from multiple perspectives. The author crafted deeply complex characters, each forced on a transformational journey to explore old and new identities. I loved the mother character and the way she tied her to modern women; the apparent unyielding character, who had actually made the ultimate sacrifice to bring her child up in a healthier environment, her references to everyday things that continually cause irritation, such as her teeth. The desolate beauty shown in the souls of the characters and in the landscape, deep haunting pathways and crevasses, leave you forever hearing voices of those gone before and marveling at the awe inspiring beauty of the land and of ties that forever connect.