“North of Hope” by Shannon Huffman Polson, book review
Author Shannon Polson lives what many live in fear of, that phone call that says your loved ones have passed. For her, it was her father and stepmother, who were vacationing in the wilds of Alaska, and they had died in a rare bear attack. In dealing with her grief, Polson, also travels to Alaska to walk in her father’s last foot steps, to gain some personal closure.
This book chronicles her path of grief and the remote places it leads her. I did find the chapters and story a little difficult to follow, as she tended to jump around the time line from past to present, and many chapters dealt with her deep thoughts and feelings of the times. She shares many details of her life and the relationship with her father and stepmother, sometimes difficult.
This book would be for someone who has an interest in the wilds of Alaska, as much of the book discusses various aspects of this often uncharted land. But there is a sad undercurrent to the story, that did leave me a little depressed, as she kept searching for something she could not ever find.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Handlebar Direction for Publishing. All opinions expressed are my own.