Gaining Daylight

Gaining Daylight

Life on Two Islands

Book - 2013
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For many the idea of living off the land is a romantic notion left to stories of olden days or wistful dreams at the office. But for Sara Loewen it becomes her way of life each summer as her family settles into their remote cabin on Uyak Bay for the height of salmon season. With this connection to thousands of years of fishing and gathering at its core, Gaining Daylight explores what it means to balance lives on two islands, living within both an ancient way of life and the modern world. Her personal essays integrate natural and island history with her experiences of fishing and family life, as well as the challenges of living at the northern edge of the Pacific.

Loewen&;s writing is richly descriptive; readers can almost feel heat from wood stoves, smell smoking salmon, and spot the ways the ocean blues change with the season. With honesty and humor, Loewen easily draws readers into her world, sharing the rewards of subsistence living and the peace brought by miles of crisp solitude. 

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of essays focusing on life in Alaska and the universal human experience.

Book News
Part of the Alaska literary series from the U. of Alaska Press, this is a meditative memoir using a format of short essays that are usually straightforward but sometimes play skillfully with technique (one follows the International Code of Distress Signals for Ships at Sea). Author Sara Loewen is married to a commercial fisherman. As a result, she spends each summer with her small children at a remote cabin on Uyak Bay, where he fishes for salmon. Pieces about the joys and rigors of her life there are interspersed with memories of growing up on Kodiak Island, and these two places define the landscape of the book. The tone is literary but not snobbish, observant and unsentimental. Its themes are motherhood, marriage, family life, the natural world, and a sense of community, place, and purpose. It takes its place in a contemporary tradition of literary creative nonfiction by women writers for readers who reflect on what it means to live well, and who feel this particular assemblage of themes is universal. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781602231986
Branch Call Number: 917.9804 LOEWE LOEWE
Characteristics: xii, 140 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm


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