Winner, Alaskan Novel of the Year, 2011
Shifting from contemporary Eskimo village life to a gripping post-apocalyptic nightmare, The Raven's Gift dares to confront the terrifying possibility of an impending catastrophic loss of human life—and love.
Lured north to a Yup'ik village on the Alaskan tundra in search of adventure, John Morgan and his wife Anna can barely contain their excitement. But something is about to go terribly wrong.
What happens when an epidemic strikes—and no one comes to help?
Don Rearden lives in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska, and is an Associate Professor of Developmental Studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he teaches young writers how to develop their creative voices.
'The Raven's Gift has a winning plot, characters we've never met before, and intriguing details of a world most of us will never venture to—creating a read that opens our eyes and finds the fault lines of a heart in one breathless sitting.' Jodi Picoult
'Don Rearden has created a kind of allegory for a people and place at risk, a generous and honest portrait of Yup'ik communities. His Alaska is one you won't yet have seen.' David Vann, author of bestselling novels Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island
'The book is fantastic, one of the best books about Alaska I have ever read. It calls to mind Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King, but at the same time it is all its own. The Raven’s Gift is the story of a couple teaching in a remote Alaskan village when a epidemic sweeps through. People are dying in isolation, and others descending into savage violence. It is a survival story and an edge-of-the-seat thriller.' Eoywyn Ivy, author of The Snow Child
'The Raven's Gift is a disturbingly believable tale of a world on the edge, given the slight push to send it over. Rearden knows his Alaska, his snow and cold, the isolation in these pages enough to make you pull up the blankets and wonder what you'd do without rescue, without communication, with no one to go to for help, no one coming to the rescue. Like McCarthy's The Road, there are pages in here you might shy away from reading, but hang on, once you start, you'll be along for the ride.' Pete Fromm author of Indian Creek Chronicles and How This All Started.
An epic adventure, a work of mythical proportions, never to be forgotten.' Daniel Quinn, author of bestselling novels Ishmael and The Story of B
'A post-apocalyptic novel that will set your hair on end.' Sun Times
'The Raven's Gift is both thriller and love story, a tale full of anthropological suspense and with a stunning geographical tour of Alaska thrown in for good measure. It is exciting and fascinating, completely compelling and some of the most original writing I have read in a very long time. Snuggle up on a cold winter's night and enjoy!' ABC Queensland, Weekend Bookworm