People of the Whale: A Novel
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: August 2008
Duration: 10 hours 27 minutes
Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he must reconcile his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.
With a keen sense of the environment, spirituality and the trauma of war, People of the Whale is a powerful novel for our time.
"Hogan employs just the right touch of spiritualism in this engrossing tale....[She] comes up with a powerful, romantic crescendo."-Publishers Weekly