His ancestors were prospectors, so it’s natural that Peter C. Brown would mine his family history for this gold rush-set story, The Fugitive Wife. The spouse on the run is Essie, a gutsy Minnesota girl fleeing farm life and a drunken husband, who sails to Alaska on a ship full of starry-eyed dreamers. She also finds a kindred spirit and eventual tentmate in the idealistic Nate. Like the characters’ voyage, Brown’s frosty tale has tumultuous beginnings; talk of sluices and hydraulic dredges test one’s patience. And while Brown unearths a few precious nuggets of poetry (”You get within a hundred miles of gold, you can hear it whisper”), this overwrought epic doesn’t yield the riches it promises.
The Fugitive WifeHis ancestors were prospectors, so it's natural that Peter C. Brown would mine his family history for this gold rush-set story, The Fugitive WifeThe Fugitive WifeFictionPeter C. BrownHis ancestors were prospectors, so it's natural that Peter C. Brown would mine his family history for this gold rush-set story, The Fugitive Wife2006-01-25W.W. Norton
Genre: Fiction; Author: Peter C. Brown; Publisher: W.W. Norton
Posted January 25 2006 — 12:00 AM EST
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