Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun, by Velma Wallis
In her spellbinding second book, Bird Girl and the Man who Followed the Sun (224 pages) award-winning author Velma Wallis interweaves two classic Athabaskan legends set in ancient central Alaska. This is the story of two rebels who break the strict taboos of their communal culture in their quests for freedom and adventure. Readers will be captivated by this profound myth about two young people who wander far from their culture’s deeply held traditions and eventually must find a way to come home again. Wallis’s first book, Two Old Women, is an international best-seller, translated into seventeen languages.
“A wonderful read. Wallis’s writing is simple yet rich…The story delivers a message of overcoming hardship, of being true to yourself even when it is the most difficult thing to do.”
–West Coast Review of Books”
Velma Wallis is one in a family of thirteen children, all born in the vast fur-trapping country of Fort Yukon, Alaska, and raised with traditional Athabascan values. A writer and avid reader, she lives in Fairbanks.
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