A Sudden Country

  • von Karen Fisher
  • Sprecher: Cassandra Cambell
  • 15 Std. 34 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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 redemption. James 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 family.
Lucy, 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 become.
Alive 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.



"A grand, mesmerizing novel....Fisher brilliantly illuminates both the tragedy and the new life wrought by manifest destiny. This is a great novel of the American West." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Fisher's love of the land and history of the western U.S. shows through every line of this story based on her family's history. A serious, finely written novel." ( Booklist)


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The story line sounded very very interesting, especially since the author had based it (loosely) on the diary from her great-great-great grandmother who was Emma Ruth on this trek to Oregon. I found the details describing the hard life very educational. I was disappointed though as I did not like the author's style. It sounded abrupt, there was hardly any dialogue, and oftentimes I got lost in the story, not quite understanding what had just happened. The reader adapted her style to the author's, very slow. However, I made it and (finally) finished this audio book.Again, interesting story with historical background, but I did not like the style of the author.
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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 29.08.2005
  • Verlag: Books on Tape