A Place Beyond
Finding Home in Arctic AlaskaBook - 2009
Nick Jans leads us into his "found" home--the Eskimo village of Ambler, Alaska, and the vast wilderness around it. In his powerful essays, the rhythms of daily arctic life blend with high adventure--camping among the wolves, traveling with Inupiat hunters, witnessing the Kobuk River at spring breakup.
The poignancy of a village funeral comes to life, hordes of mosquitoes whine against a tent, a grizzly stands etched against the snow--just a sampling of the images and events rendered in Jans' transparent, visual prose. Moments of humor are offset by haunting insights, and by thoughtful reflections on contemporary Inupiaq culture, making A Place Beyond a book to read and enjoy.