Bethel, Alaska -- a small community in a stark landscape where a powerful and richly textured story spins together, one voice at a time. It is the late 1960s as beaten teenaged Dove Alexie sits in prison. One day, Dove suddenly vanishes, and there is nothing in the prison records to mark his arrival or departure. Out of the tundra, four young people step forward with their stories:
Lorraine Hobbs, a precocious loner who brings meals to the prison;
Annette Weinland, the local minister's daughter, who volunteers at the prison;
Thelma Cooke and Edgar Kwagley, two Yup'ik adolescents orphaned and displaced from their native communities.
At the core of each narration is Dove -- and the mystery of his disappearance. Like planets in the solar system, these four young people travel in separate orbits with an unseen companion, Dove. Denise Gosliner Orenstein's masterpiece of intertwining voices captures the complexities of human existence with humor and insight.
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Denise Gosliner Orenstein is a faculty member of the Literature Department at American University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her two daughters. Unseen Companion is based on her experience living and teaching in fourteen Alaskan bush villages. This is her second novel.From Booklist :
*Starred Review* Gr. 10-12. In this kaleidoscopic first-person novel, set in 1968 and 1969, the point of view shifts from one Alaskan teenager to another. Each contributes something to the shadowy portrayal of the novel's central, tragic figure, Dove Alexie, a 16-year-old "mixed-breed" who was imprisoned for striking a white teacher, beaten by his racist jailer, and lost in the system until the story's end. The narrators are two Gussak (Caucasian) girls who live with their single-parent families in Bethel, Alaska, and a Yup'ik (native Alaskan) girl and boy sent away from their communities to live in a boarding school. Though their tales revolve around pivotal questions concerning Dove's history and his fate, it is their own lives that are more sharply in focus and fully developed here. In distinctive voices, the four narrators tell their own involving stories, separate from each other at the beginning, but increasingly interconnected. Hope, love, and occasional humor provide welcome relief from the sadness and despair that pulse through the characters' lives as they deal with separation, anger, alienation, blackmail, rape, and death. Slowly the pieces of narrative fall into place to form an intricately patterned mosaic. The appended glossary defines Alaskan terms. A sensitive observer and a compelling storyteller, Orenstein offers a novel that is both touching and harsh. Carolyn Phelan
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