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A Sudden Country - A Novel

Karen Fisher

A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption. James MacLaren, once a resourceful and ambitious Hudson's Bay Company trader, has renounced his aspirations for a quiet family life in the Bitterroot wilderness. Yet his life is overturned in the winter of 1846, when his Nez Perce wife deserts him and his children die of smallpox. In the grip of a profound sorrow, MacLaren, whose home once spanned a continent, sets out to find his wife. But an act of secret vengeance changes his course, introducing him to a different wife and mother: Lucy Mitchell, journeying westward with her family. Lucy, a remarried widow, careful mother, and reluctant emigrant, is drawn at once to the self-possessed MacLaren. Convinced that he is the key to her family's safe passage, she persuades her husband to employ him. As their hidden stories and obsessions unfold, and pasts and cultures collide, both Lucy and MacLaren must confront the people they have truly been, are, and may become. Alive with incident and insight, presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth-century traders, immigrants, and Native Americans, A Sudden Country is, above all, a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss, sacrifice and understanding. From the Hardcover edition.

A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption. James MacLaren, once a resourceful and ambitious Hudson's Bay Company trader, has renounced his aspirations for a quiet family life in the Bitterroot wilderness. Yet his life is overturned in the winter of 1846, when his Nez Perce wife deserts him and his children die of smallpox. In the grip of a profound sorrow, MacLaren, whose home once spanned a continent, sets out to find his wife. But an act of secret vengeance changes his course, introducing him to a different wife and mother: Lucy Mitchell, journeying westward with her family. Lucy, a remarried widow, careful mother, and reluctant emigrant, is drawn at once to the self-possessed MacLaren. Convinced that he is the key to her family's safe passage, she persuades her husband to employ him. As their hidden stories and obsessions unfold, and pasts and cultures collide, both Lucy and MacLaren must confront the people they have truly been, are, and may become. Alive with incident and insight, presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth-century traders, immigrants, and Native Americans, A Sudden Country is, above all, a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss, sacrifice and understanding. From the Hardcover edition.
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A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, A Sudden Country follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption. James MacLaren, once a resourceful and ambitious Hudson's Bay Company trader, has renounced his aspirations for a quiet family life in the Bitterroot wilderness. Yet his life is overturned in the winter of 1846, when his Nez Perce wife deserts him and his children die of smallpox. In the grip of a profound sorrow, MacLaren, whose home once spanned a continent, sets out to find his wife. But an act of secret vengeance changes his course, introducing him to a different wife and mother: Lucy Mitchell, journeying westward with her family. Lucy, a remarried widow, careful mother, and reluctant emigrant, is drawn at once to the self-possessed MacLaren. Convinced that he is the key to her family's safe passage, she persuades her husband to employ him. As their hidden stories and obsessions unfold, and pasts and cultures collide, both Lucy and MacLaren must confront the people they have truly been, are, and may become. Alive with incident and insight, presenting with rare scope and intimacy the complex relations among nineteenth-century traders, immigrants, and Native Americans, A Sudden Country is, above all, a heroic and unforgettable story of love and loss, sacrifice and understanding. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

5h 7m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:15


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:41


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:34


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:26