The Wind Is Not A River

The Wind Is Not A River

A Novel

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A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife-separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil-fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands

Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.

While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the Birthplace of Winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.

Alone in their home three thousand miles to the south, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is-and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.

A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Patrick Crean Editions.
Copyright Date: c2014.
ISBN: 9781443423731
Characteristics: 308 pages :,maps ;,24 cm


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Jul 28, 2019

Historical fiction about WW II's little known confrontation that found Japanese Military and US Military facing one another in Alaska. The story is enhanced by the culture of Native Alaskans...

Sep 11, 2017

The author writes beautifully and most of this novel held me spellbound, but the awkward sub-plot and a weak ending caused me to feel a lack of connection to both the characters and the story. I so wanted to love The Wind Is Not A River as it did keep me enthralled most of the way through but I just couldn’t quiet that nagging voice inside that had unanswered questions.

ontherideau May 05, 2016

I have read many war stories over the years, this one is fresh, and I found myself getting out maps to put the event in geographical context.

akasq May 02, 2016

A moving tale of love, and a man trying to survive, taking place around world war 2.
A twisted ending only adds to
great novel.

May 14, 2015

I spotted this book on the library shelf on a recent spring Saturday afternoon, headed out into the sunshine and started reading. The story is well-written very interesting. I had to pick up the book daily just to keep tabs on how the characters' stories were unfolding. It didn't take long to read it through.
This work of historical fiction reveals a side of World War II I knew nothing about, until I read this book. I am somewhat humbled, but grateful, to be a bit wiser for the experience.

Feb 28, 2015

Very well written. Can't wait to find another book by Payton

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This novel is set during World War II. John Easley is a Canadian journalist, fighting to tell the story of the US forces fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands. The US Government has been keeping the fighting here out of the news and they don't want journalists in the area. John has tried twice and been caught and sent out twice. The death of his younger brother in Europe seems to change him and make him more determined than ever to tell the story of this aspect of the war.
John is also newly married, and his wife Helen is the best thing that ever happened to him. The two have set up their home in her home town of Seattle and doing well. But his determination to keep going back to the north has caused a rift in their relationship and they parted on an unhappy note.
John manages to bluff his way onto a plane in the Aleutians and that plane is shot down. John and a young airman are the only survivors, but the fog and the circumstances mean that the manage to stay unnoticed by the Japanese, but struggle to survive.
Helen, meanwhile, finds a way to get herself into Alaska following John's trail, hoping to figure out what happened to him and where he might be now. She is torn between looking after her ailing father and finding her husband, but is determined to find him if she can.
This is a story of a little told part of World War II, as well as a story of determination, of love, and of the things that drive us all.
A fascinating book.

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