The Wind Is Not a River: A Novel

The Wind Is Not a River: A Novel

by Brian Payton

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The Wind Is Not a River: A Novel by Brian Payton

The Wind Is Not a River is Brian Payton's 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. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, he heads north 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 at home, 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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062279996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 22,020
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 9 months 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.