The Darkest Evening

The Darkest Evening

by William Durbin
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The Darkest Evening by William Durbin

In the 1930s, some 6,000 Finnish Americans traveled to Karelia, a province in Northwestern Russia, hoping to leave the Depression behind and to establish a workers’ paradise. Based on these true events, The Darkest Evening chronicles the story of Jake Maki, whose father, caught up in the socialist fervor washing over their Finnish mining community in Minnesota, moves their family to the Soviet Union.

Instead of finding the utopia they were promised, Jake and his family encounter only disappointment and hardship. When Stalin’s secret police begin targeting Americans for arrest, his worst fears are confirmed, and Jake leads his family on a daring midwinter escape attempt on cross-country skis, fleeing toward the Finnish border.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816675685
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 02/07/2011
Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 783,005
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

William Durbin is a former high school and college English teacher and the award-winning author of ten novels, including Wintering and The Broken Blade. He lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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The Darkest Evening 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a college class and was fascinated by this little known event in history. Knowing the brutalites committed by Stalin makes the tension in this book even greater as Arvid Maki decides to move his family from the safety of Minnesota to Soviet Russia where a new Finnish socialist republic is being established. An exciting story and well written.