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A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemptionJames MacLaren once a resourceful and ambitious Hudson’s Bay Company trader has renounced his aspirations for a quiet family life in the Bitterroot wilderness Yet his life is overturned in the winter of 1846 when his Nez Perce wife deserts him and his children die of smallpox In the grip of a profound sorrow MacLaren whose home once spanned a continent sets out to find his wife But an act of secret vengeance changes his course introducing him to a different wife and mother Lucy Mitchell journeying westward with her familyLucy a remarried widow careful mother and reluctant emigrant is drawn at once to the self possessed MacLaren Convinced that he is the key to her family’s safe passage she persuades her husband to employ him As their hidden stories and obsessions unfold and pasts and cultures collide both Lucy and MacLaren must confront the people they have truly been are and may becomeAlive with incident and insight presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth century traders immigrants and Native Americans A Sudden Country is above all a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss sacrifice and understanding From the Hardcover edition


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