The Wind Is Not a River: A Novel

The Wind Is Not a River: A Novel

by Brian Payton

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ISBN-13: 9780062279996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 61,361
File size: 804 KB

About the Author

Brian Payton has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of two acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction and the novel, Hail Mary Corner. He lives in Vancouver.

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The Wind is Not a River 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book with the prefect balance of 2 people struggling to reconnect amidst wordly and personal strife! The physical and emotional pain were so authentic and you just had to keep reading to see what would happen. I also so appreciated the bittersweet ending as being more real than any fairy tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wind is Not a River is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. It is set during WWII, mostly in the Alaskan Aleutian islands, but also in Seattle, WA. This is the fictional story of John Easley, a journalist driven to cover the war effort in the Aleutian islands - the site of the only WWII battle to happen on American soil - a fact many Americans (including me) are completely unaware of. John is on a plane that is shot down by the Japanese, and ends up on an island that is occupied by Japanese soldiers. I would tell you which one, but that would spoil the story. It is also the story of Helen, John's wife, left behind in Seattle, who is driven to go look for her husband when she does not hear from him for weeks. Her journey to find John takes us through the USO, and we get to see glimpses of life for the American soldiers in WWII in the North Pacific. We also get to meet several Aleut Indian natives who have been "evacuated" from their homes by the U.S. Government for the war, and hear part of their stories. Through John's eyes, as he struggles to survive, and through Helen's eyes, as she goes to extraordinary lengths to find him, we get a very real look at a chaotic time in American history. We are on the beaches of Attu as U.S. forces struggle to take the island, and we are with the wives and aged fathers left behind in Seattle, missing their husbands and sons. Along the way, we also get a very sweet love story of John and Helen. Read this book. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I REALLY enjoyed this book. The characters were very well written and the setting was one I was previously unfamiliar with in relation to WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much. The author has made the characters so real you feel you know them personally . So good I didn't want it to end.
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What a wonderful love story with the back drop of the invasion by Japan of the Aleutian Islands,  Alaska during WWII. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have not yet read the book.