Alaska Author Gains Literary Acclaim
ANCHORAGE, AK – The Washington Post on Sunday published their Notable Fiction List of 2013. Making the list alongside renowned authors such as Stephen King, John Grisham, George Saunders and Margaret Atwood is Alaska’s Don Rearden for his debut novel The Raven’s Gift.
“At first I didn’t believe the friend that broke the news to me. The Post list has a dozen of my literary heroes on it and there is my little Alaskan novel. It’s just an honor that I never could have imagined at this stage of my writing career,” Rearden says of the recognition.
The Post calls Rearden “a master of the cliffhanger” and describes the novel as having “the hunter-hunted suspense of Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male, the post-apocalyptic bleakness of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and the haunting mysteriousness of The XFiles.
Published by Pintail/Penguin, The Raven’s Gift is Rearden’s debut novel and has been well received. In addition to appearing on the 2013 Notable Fiction List, the book was the 2012 Alaska Novel of the Year, runner up for the National Federation of Press Women’s
Novel of the Year award and named to the Library of Journal’s Five Summer Reads for Dudes. The book has also received acclaim internationally, after publication in four other countries.
“This novel grew out of my concern for Alaska and the Yup’ik culture I was immersed in at an early age,” said Rearden, an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, “The struggles of my characters in the dark world of the story mirror what I
see happening in rural Alaska today. But in that darkness there is hope, and it’s been amazing to see readers from all over the world responding to the book with such enthusiasm.”
As Rearden’s debut novel is receiving national acclaim his second novel, Moving Salmon Bay, is under consideration with several major publishers.