Flight of the Goose: a Story of the Far North

By Lesley Thomas

Literary fiction, Environment & nature, Religion & spirituality, Historical fiction, Magical realism | Paperback, eBook


"Flight of the Goose" is an award-winning literary novel about shamanism clashing with science (with a cross cultural love story) set in the Alaskan Arctic of 1971. "It was a time when much was hidden, before outsiders came on bended knee to learn from the elders. Outsiders came, but it was not to learn from us; it was to change us. There was a war and a university, an oil company and a small village, all run by men. There was a young man who hunted geese to feed his family and another who studied geese to save them. And there was a young woman who flew into the world of spirits to save herself..." So relates Kayuqtuq Ugungoraseok, "the red fox". An orphan traumatized by her past, she seeks respect in her traditional Inupiat village through the outlawed path of shamanism. Her plan leads to tragedy when she interferes with scientist Leif Trygvesen, who has come to research the effects of oil spills on salt marshes - and evade the draft. Told from both Kayuqtuq's and Leif's perspectives, "Flight of the Goose" is a tale of cultural conflict, spiritual awakening, redemption and love in a time when things were - to use the phrase of an old arctic shaman - "no longer familiar".


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"Flight of the Goose" is an award-winning literary novel about shamanism clashing with science (with a cross cultural love story) set in the Alaskan Arctic of 1971. "It was a time when much was hidden, before outsiders came on bended knee to learn from the elders. Outsiders came, but it was not to learn from us; it was to change us. There was a war and a university, an oil company and a small village, all run by men. There was a young man who hunted geese to feed his family and another who studied geese to save them. And there was a young woman who flew into the world of spirits to save herself..." So relates Kayuqtuq Ugungoraseok, "the red fox". An orphan traumatized by her past, she seeks respect in her traditional Inupiat village through the outlawed path of shamanism. Her plan le...


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Lesley Thomas grew up on a small fishing boat in Southeast Alaska and in rural communities in Arctic Alaska. Her multicultural family blends ancient and new traditions. Her knowledge of subsistence ways and Native culture, as well as training in arctic ecology, enabled Thomas to weave together her lifelong interests in circumpolar anthropology, mythology and science into "Flight of the Goose".




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book giveaway coming June 21, Goodreads

31 December

3 copies of Flight of the Goose will be given away in a contest through Goodreads starting June 21, 2015 to celebrate the award-winning arctic shaman eco-novel's 10th anniversary.


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