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Ashana
Roesch, E. P.
Adult Fiction ROESCH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Myths, legends and the folkore of North-country clans and races swirl throughout this saga of an Alaskan heroine, Ashana, who is taken hostage in 1790 by the leader of marauding Russian traders. Under Aleksandr Baranov, the cruel fur dealer to whom she is concubine--mere plunder--Ashana is succored by memories of family life; by a rich pantheistic heritage, especially the spirit world of The Raven; and, most of all, by the love of Jabila, the Alaskan youth to whom she spiritually remains wife despite her abduction. Ashana gradually becomes ``Princess Anna'' as the woman of Baranov, founder of the Siberian trading company whose success brings him honor from Mother Russia, including acknowledgment from the czarina. Ashana's passion for freedom never wanes, but her attempts to escape are thwarted. As the years pass, she bears two children by Baranov, is separated from them and comes to feel the sting of loss less, and anger more. This is a strong rendering of the exploitation of native Alaskan culture by foreigners. Although the rough edges of research are perhaps evident, the broad, sweeping tale enlightens and astonishes. This first novel is a joint effort; Ethel and Paul Roesch have combined the initials of their given names in a pseudonym. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A little-known era of history unfolds in this detailed saga by E.P. Roesch, a husband-wife writing team. In 1790 Ashana (Windflower), a young native Alaskan maid betrothed to brave Jabila, is taken hostage by Russian Alexander Baranof, along with some 1000 other natives, and forced to serve the Russians' avaricious needs. Told by Ashana, this novel reveals the heroic struggle of the natives to sustain their souls and their spirits for years while they, their land, and their traditions are raped by the Russian invaders. Although the pace is often ponderous, this first novel is so rich in native folklore, traditions, and sensitivity, it is recommended for most fiction collections.-- Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P.L., Col. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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