Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award
"This deeply moving memoir explores two uncharted territories: the wilderness of Alaska, specifically the Kanektok River in the southwestern part of the state, and the wilderness of Parenthood, specifically the region where a recently divorced father and his teenage son try to find new ways to understand each other. " - Nat'l Geographic Traveler
"This book is a rarity: humble in its beauty, elegant in its reflection." - Anchorage Daily News
"A quietly observed lyrical portrait of a father and son struggling to break through anger, fear and disappointment to find common ground." - Boston Globe
"Echoes of Thoreau, but also Melville’s restless Ishmael ... A Thoreauvian mission to simplify life and find his truest self by building a lakeside cabin." - Boston Globe
"A modern day Walden with a midlife twist." - Kirkus
"About how a man rebuilds his life, assembling lumber into a gorgeous home ..." - The New York Times
"Surprisingly fresh, haunting, and potent, Ureneck offers a new perspective on the unforgivable tragedy at Smyrna and the modern religio-ethnic conflicts that continue to trouble the region."
- Publishers Weekly
"A masterpiece of scholarly precision."
- J. Russell, Armenian Studies, Harvard University.
"In this spellbinding book, Lou Ureneck recreates one of the most important humanitarian rescue missions of the twentieth-century. An exceptional account – dramatic, poignant, and masterfully written – of an unforgettable moment in the history of human tragedy and heroism."
- Caroline Elkins, Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize winner