The Expeditions In 1844, 16-year-old Elisha Stone joins a team bound for Michigan's Upper Peninsula — a surveyor seeking iron, a scholar hunting for Chippewa artifacts, and… The Expeditions In 1844, 16-year-old Elisha Stone joins a team bound for Michigan's Upper Peninsula — a surveyor seeking iron, a scholar hunting for Chippewa artifacts, and… 2008-01-15 Fiction History Dial Press
Book Review

The Expeditions (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 15, 2008; Writer: Karl Iagnemma; Genres: Fiction, History; Publisher: Dial Press

In 1844, 16-year-old Elisha Stone joins a team bound for Michigan's Upper Peninsula — a surveyor seeking iron, a scholar hunting for Chippewa artifacts, and their ''half-breed'' guide, Susette, with whom the boy tries his own explorations (''She tasted of whiskey and salt. Elisha felt as though he was falling''). Meanwhile, Elisha's minister father travels from Massachusetts to tell his son of his mother's death, and encounters spiritualists and doomsday cultists. Karl Iagnemma's prose glides confidently in The Expeditions, but his schematic plotting — the double quest, the clockwork betrayals — makes the wilderness look horribly tidy. B

Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints