Secrets put this mother and daughter to the test…

In precise and evocative prose, the parallel stories of a mother who risks everything to start over and a daughter whose longings threaten to undo them.

Grabs you from the opening line and never lets go ~ Publishers Weekly

Vanasse is talented: she can turn ordinary words into the sublime…Readers who enjoy richly drawn characters trying to make sense of their surroundings will enjoy this cool and refreshing, yet haunting, glimpse of flawed souls. ~ Foreword Reviews

Captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds. ~ Booklist

By one of Alaska’s leading storytellers . . .complicated family and community dynamics, death, teenage drama, and the pressures of living a subsistence lifestyle in a tiny isolated town. ~ Library Journal 

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Riveting Klondike history as you’ve never heard it before…

Kate Carmack, first called Shaaw Tláa, played a pivotal role in events that changed the North—and the world. Her biography gives voice to a survivor who, against all odds, ultimately reclaimed her true wealth.

After dozens of books on the man-dominated, scoundrel-infested side of the Klondike Gold Rush, a fresh, new take on an epic historical event. ~ Kim Heacox, author of Jimmy Bluefeather and The Only Kayak

An excellent example of the New Western History that seeks to recover previously marginalized voices of women, among other groups. ~ Ross Coen, author of Fu-go: The Curious History of Japan’s Balloon Bomb Attack on America and Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil

With this deeply researched and richly imagined biography, Deb Vanasse draws one of the Klondike’s most essential yet elusive characters from the wings and restores her to her rightful place. ~ Frances Backhouse, author of Women of the Klondike and Children of the Klondike

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Yes, it is true. Vanasse is far too serious for her own good.

Challenged by friends and fans, she’s agreed to some SERIOUS FUN.

Bad Book Club

Each month Vanasse exposes what’s funny, trending, controversial in the book club realm!

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Read-Write Dare Portal

Reader/writer dares, practice, and advice with Vanasse’s unique take on the artist’s life.

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