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Two Old Women
An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
by Velma Wallis
Recommended by Tamarack Song
Based on an Athabascan Native legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River area in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these two women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness will carve out a permanent place in readers' imaginations. Winner of the 1993 Western Staes Book Award and 1994 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. Paperback. 140 pages. Harper Perennial. 10th Edition. 2004. ISBN: 0060723521.