The Sea Runners (Paperback)

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Welcome the winter weather with this harrowing tale of survival on our bristly coast. Doig immersed himself in history to recreate the true journey of four indentured servants who escape from their Russian work camp in Alaska and travel by canoe to Oregon. The fruits of his research are stunning sentences that make you feel like you're right there with the crew, bailing water and sucking on wet tobacco, but somehow enjoying every bit of poetry that such miseries bring. — From Owen


In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust. Based on an actual incident in 1853, The Sea Runners is a spare and awe-inspiring tale of the human quest for freedom.

About the Author

Ivan Doig (1939-2015) was born in Montana and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. A recipient of a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, he is the author of fifteen novels and four works of nonfiction.

Praise For…


"Brilliant and original . . . A remarkable evocation of the human spirit in contest with inhuman forces."--The Boston Globe

"The Sea Runners . . . goes beyond being 'about' survival and becomes, mile by terrible mile, the experience itself."--The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156031028
ISBN-10: 0156031027
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2006
Pages: 288
Language: English